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    Posted: January 21 2017 at 11:27pm
1. I found an mp40 with a splitting magnet.
2. Dirty impellers slow flow and cause more work on the pump.
3. I found a pump with a broken impeller.
4. Too much stuff on your intake can clog your pump.

Anybody else think of a reason? lol
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Good thread.
I don't typically depend on controller automation which can send a convenient alert when the temperature is out of range but can't tell when a pump has stopped pushing water.
For me, it's the same reason I observe and casually check my systems every time I walk by. I check that the animals look right, that the water is moving at the right speed in the right direction, that the stick-on thermometer on the corner of the tank is reading the right temperature, etc., etc..

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Swollen impellers on small pumps, and corroded magnets on stream style magnets come to my mind.
Also, cleaning off intake screens.

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Or if you have a reefflo to see if the seals have blown yet. :)
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Great topic!

I have actually been playing with the idea of adding a flow sensor to my return pump line so that I can visually see on my controller graphs when my return needs to be cleaned or is having problems. I do clean the pump every 6 months or when I notice that the flow seems to be lower. 

I am in the same boat as Mark on this one and observe my tank and when I notice that things are out of whack fix them - but sometimes life gets busy and you don't notice until it is too late, which is why I am looking into flow sensors.
http://aquarium-pump.com/
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