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I had an old Tetra bio active filter. I cleaned my pond, opened the filter to clean. Put all back together and then the leaks started. I thought the o ring was bad....the Tetra people sent out a completely new unit. I have attached it doing all the instructions. There started to be a slight drip from the connection at the input hose. Took off, added plumbers tape. Restarted, then leaked from the other side...added plumbers tape....restarted, now it is leaking from all the clamps...JUST LIKE IT WAS DOING BEFORE....HELP!!!!!

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  • Barbara Cohen Jun 12, 2011

    Took apart yesterday, put back together. not leaking now.



    Hose is about an 1"...screw clamps

  • Barbara Cohen Jun 13, 2011

    I have no idea the cause!!!

  • Barbara Cohen Jun 14, 2011

    This one is brand new...did not drop the O ring. and FYI...no one carries the O ring....and TETRA has not had any for 3 months.

  • Barbara Cohen Jun 17, 2011

    Thanks for that suggestion....it ran great for 5 days, no leaking at all. Got up yesterday and the pond was almost empty. Was fine at 9 pm the night before. Looks like it is leaking from the clamps. I opened it and put white plumbers tape around the o ring area. Held for about an hour...now is leaking again, not as bad. Thought I'd add MORE tape today.

  • Barbara Cohen Jun 17, 2011

    The o ring from the old unit is larger than the o ring for the new unit. NO ONE HAS THE O RINGS>>>>>>NOT EVEN TETRA!!!!

  • Barbara Cohen Jun 18, 2011

    Can you give me a name of that liquid???

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I recommend that you get stronger hose barbs, the ones that thread into the pump where your hoses hook up. I can't see what you've got going on but, it sounds like the clamps may be crushing the barbs. If you can get, they make them, heavy duty plastic, maybe even brass barbs, they won't get crushed and, you can even double clamp your hoses to keep them from leaking. You may even want to go with a different kind of hose.

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Hi decterhc,

All you need to do , use an "O" ring instead of the plumber's tape that you have added.

What has happened it seems that when you opened the filter to clean , you dropped these O shaped rubber rings which are to be placed at the mouth of the hose , this results in preventing any possible water leaks.
Please try to find out those O rings , if you have accidentally , unknowingly dropped it somewhere and then fix the hose again.

If a single O ring does now work , add another one and then it should stop any possible leakage.

Hope this helps ..:)

Posted on Jun 13, 2011

  • Sajjad Inamdar Jun 14, 2011

    Hi decterhc,

    Very happy to know that , hope it does not leak next time and if it does , you have the solution ready for you..:)

  • Sajjad Inamdar Jun 18, 2011

    Hi Dexter,

    I would like to inform you that there are certain liquids that you get in the market which function as sealants , so all yo need to do is to make a ring with that liquid and after some time it would become a rubber ring , you can use this in addition to the tape and this would stop any possible leaks.

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What type and size hose are you connecting to the fittings? What type of clapms are being used also?

Posted on Jun 12, 2011

  • GetMeOttaHere Jun 13, 2011

    Ok, I guess you figured out the cause.

  • GetMeOttaHere Jun 14, 2011

    You posted; "Took apart yesterday, put back together. not leaking now."
    The leak is fixed or not fixed, I'm confused.

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