Reef Octopus Octo Pulse: Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Extracting the impeller from the pump and inspecting if for any debris, damage or buildup will ensure that it runs at peak performance. Remember to rinse the pump and parts thoroughly to remove any vinegar before installing into the aquarium.
The Octo Pulse consists of 3 main components:
All three are necessary for the pump to operate. If the pump does not work we need to look into all three of these parts to narrow down the source of the problem.
Power Supply Troubleshooting
If not, inspect the power cord to ensure that it is fully inserted into the power brick. Also make sure that the power socket itself is active. If needed, swap the power chord with one from any number of appliances to see if the cord itself is at fault.
The Octo Pulse Controller has two types of alarms that alert and direct us to the possible issue.
If the pump is submerged and the feed mode lights continue to blink, the impeller should be removed and inspected for buildup or damage. After cleaning the impeller and the feed mode buttons continue to blink, the impeller may be slipping from wear and tear and requires replacing.
If the controller power setting lights blink we should disconnect it from power and make sure all connections are dry, corrosion free and firmly connected. If after passing inspection the lights continue to blink, we need to proceed to disassembling the pump to make sure no foreign objects are stuck within the pump.
Disassembling the Octo Pulse Pump
In order to remove the impeller we will need a small flat head screwdriver. Locate the flat key slot along side of the base of the propeller and insert the flat edge of the screwdriver into the slot. Gently twist to lift the propeller from the pump housing and draw out the impeller.
Try not to let the impeller jet into the cavity of the pump and possibly damage the impeller or rear drive bearing.
Before installing the cover make sure that the impeller is fully inserted into the pump and that the shield is seated properly. You will hear a click when fully inserted. Make sure that the impeller is moving smoothly before replacing the cover.
Now, here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
My aquariums glass is thicker than what the Octo Pulse stock magnet can hold. What are my options?
Hope is not all lost. A stylish extra-strength waterproof external magnet can be purchased to hold the Octo Pulse pump to glass up to nearly 5/8in thick.
I have a 6ft peninsula tank and want the controller mounted on the opposite side but the cable length between pump and controller is just not long enough. What can I do?
You can add up to 3 extension cables together to extend the length of the pump chord.
My pump works but it seems a bit sluggish. What could it be?
Usually this is a sign that the pump requires maintenance. To obtain optimal performance and long life, the Octo Pulse needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. This means taking the pump completely apart, cleaning impellers and inspecting all wearable components. Over several years you may need to replace the impeller to regain the performance it once had.
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