[CVtv] Episode 2 – Maxspect Gyre: Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Our Second Episode Within the Maxspect Gyre Series, Maintenance and Troubleshooting.
Carlos from [CVtv] covers maintenance and troubleshooting for the revolutionary Maxspect Gyre flow pump. He covers how to disassemble, how to properly clean and maintain the pump for optimal performance and extended life as well as some general trouble shooting tips.
F low is the life of the reef. Without proper flow, our reef critters would not be able to thrive and let a lone survive. So, it is imperative that we make sure that our Gyre is running at optimal performance.
While the Gyre is a well constructed pump, It is recommended that you clean it thoroughly at least once a month, and sometimes more often depending on your system. Proper maintenance of the Gyre pump will increase its overall lifespan and minimize the chance of mechanical failure due to debris and algae building up within the pump.
DISASSEMBLING THE GYRE
You will first need a few tools which are readily available in any reefer’s toolbox. You will need a small or medium set of needle nose pliers, a pencil with an eraser that is not too worn out, and a short piece of rigid RO water line.
To begin disassembling the pump, we first need to remove the magnet mounts. Grab each individual mount by the magnet and placing your index finger over the driver section of the pump, pull the mount handle straight out.
Remove the flow cages by pulling them straight out and away from the driver. We noticed that if you slightly rotate the cage as you pull them out, it makes the process easier.
Now you need to remove the end bushings form the cages. To do so, take the pencil and insert it into the directional cage. With the end of the pencil placed right against the bushing, push it out.
The next step is to pull out the rotors. Just be careful and pull them straight out so you do not damage the ceramic shaft in the process.
Now, all you have left is the driver. The bushing, shaft holder, and the shaft can now be removed from the driver. Again be careful not to damage the shaft while doing so. Using the needle nose pliers, pull out the shaft holder. While the driver has two holders, one on each side, only the side next to the Maxspect logo is removable.
Once the holder is out, we can now remove the shaft. Place the motor on a table and push down on it’s end so the shaft pops up. Grip it with your fingers and pull straight up and out.
To remove the bushing from each of the two shaft holders, use the rigid water line to push it out.
CLEANING THE GYRE
We recommend cleaning and inspecting the flow cages and rotors once a month. This will ensure that the pump is running efficiently. Then, we recommend a full inspection and cleaning of all components once every three to six months.
Cleaning the Gyre is simple. All you need is a fifty fifty solution of vinegar and water. Dip all the separate components until calcium buildup is dissolved which can take a minimum of three hours. FOR ALL YOU EXPERTS OUT THERE THAT BELIVE THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO CLEAN YOUR PUMPS AS OFTEN, IT WILL TAKE A BIT LONGER.
After soaking, you can remove any left over buildup with a toothbrush. If needed, Use a test tube cleaner to brush off the inner part of the rotor.
Rinse all parts with running water and reassemble the gyre.
TROUBLESHOOTING THE GYRE
Here are some trouble shooting questions that you may have…
What do we do if our pump is not powering on?
First thing, we must make sure that the power outlet is live and that the green light on the power supply is on. Then we should make sure that we connected the cables in the proper order. The Gyre system has a built in safety mechanism to ensure that components are connected in the proper order. We must first connect the cable from the controller to the Gyre pump and then connect the cable from the power supply to the controller.
What should we do if our pump is making a rattling sound or the propellers are not moving?
First thing we must make sure the flow cages and propellers are free of foreign objects such as sand, rocks or snails. We must also check that the propellers has no broken or dislodged blades. If so, just swap the broken propeller with the spare ones that came with your gyre pump. Also make sure that the shaft has not been damaged.
My pump is vibrating or making excessive noise. What should I do?
Check for lodged particles or broken rotor parts. Also, remember that the shaft and bushings are subject to wear and tear from normal use, and will be slowly worn out after the pump has been running for a long period of time. If bushing are the problem, a spare set was included in the box. If you need to stack up, just head over to Coralvue.com where you will find a full line of spare parts for your Gyre.
I was observing my aquarium and noticed that the gyre was off and the controller was displaying a red light? What do I do?
The gyre comes with a safety mechanism build into the controller. There are two potential pump damaging events that the controller needs to protect the pump against. The first is when the pump is running dry, the second is when there are obstacles getting stuck in the rotor which could destroy the blades. The first event is detected by the electricity current suddenly dropping due to no water resistance as the pump runs dry. The second event is detected by the sudden surge of electricity current due to the increased resistance from the foreign obstacle. If the controller detects either of the two events, it will automatically shut down the pump and notify us of the error by displaying the red light.
I reassembled the gyre but now one of the propellers is no longer spinning… and now I also get the red light error. What do I do?
Make sure that when you reassembled the gyre, both propellers have all bushings installed. The propeller has two adapters that are needed to fully attach it to the shaft. It has a rubber boot that gets inserted into one end of the propeller and then there is a hard plastic cap that gets inserted into the boot. Then you insert the shaft into the black cap adapter.
When doing so, please make sure that you line up the flat side of the shaft with the flat side marking on the black cap adapter… otherwise, the impeller will not be fully installed and you will experience Red Light issues.
For more advanced trouble shooting tips or other issues, please head over to www.coralvue.com forward slash support and submit a support ticket.
Your Gyre comes with a 1-year limited warranty but if you just purchased your pump, you may be eligible for a 6 month limited warranty extension on the motor and controller. All you need to do is register your pump at www.coralvue.com/register within thirty days of purchase and have bought the pump from a Coralvue authorized reseller.
The limited warranty protects your pump in case of any manufacturer’s defect. The warranty does not cover broken or worn out parts due to regular wear and tear, mishandling or misuse of the product. The warranty is non-transferrable. If you have any questions or tips to share, leave your comments in the area below.
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