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Pump stopped working so I opened it up. There is a brown goo all over the pump and surrounding it as well. What is the goo and can the pump be fixed?

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Algae requires light to grow. The brown/beige build up on the inside of a pump and any area of decent water flow, usually in a higher oxygen, and lower light environment, is actually the beneficial bacterial cultures that are breaking down the toxic ammonia that comes from fish waste, uneaten food, and decaying organic materials in the tank.

What your seeing is these bacterial cultures. You want them in your tank, as most fish cannot live without them. Basically these guys are flushing the toilet in your tank. You want them to live on a biological filter, which is any large amount of surface area that water flows through, and again, high oxygen, decent water flow, and low light. Once you know where they live, Do Not clean or throw away and replace their home. If you do that, you risk toxic levels of ammonia and nitrite which results in fish disease, parasites, and possibly death.

Google "Biological Filtration in Aquariums" and educate yourself on the process, or stop keeping fish if you don\'t want to do this. Once you learn the information, you don\'t need to put forth any more effort, and your fish live better lives and you succeed with your hobby. Don\'t bother with if if you would rather spend money on more fish, fish medication, and having a bad, depressing experience. Biological filtration is vital to fish.

All of that being said, the interior working parts of your water pumps is not where you want them living. They don\'t really do much harm there, but if you experience a power outage, it is possible for the bacterial cultures to cause the magnetic impeller to seize in the impeller housing when the power comes back on. This can result in the unit melting from excessive heat and then you have to replace the pump.

If you are not over stocking and over feeding, and if you are doing regular partial water changes on a regular basis, then every three months or so, disassemble the water pump when you\'re doing a water change. Use a clean tooth brush with no chemicals on it to clean the cylindrical magnetic impeller, and the impeller housing (the hole the impeller goes in) to remove any build up. Put it back together, and put it back in the tank or where ever it belongs. If it is a powerhead, turn it upside down to get any air out of it, then put it where it goes in the tank. Similarly, removing any air from a canister filter or any other filter will help the pump to start working when it is plugged in.

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Algea/slime/yuk. Clean everything and reassemble.

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