1. Starting inside the case, the coarse sponge should be in the bottom of the bottom basket.
2. Starting inside the canister case, the black coarse sponge should be placed in the bottom of the bottom basket. The order of the other media items is completely up to you and your aquarium needs.
3. The baskets should not be over filled, and will stack tightly together so the individual tube on each basket will make one solid tube.
4. Next should be the media basket cover. It will only go on one way so the largest round hole is over the tube of the top basket.
5. The media basket o-ring, or joint seal will fit on the tube of the top basket. There is a groove on the underside that will fit on the tube. You should have received 2 of the seals, but one is a spare part. The spare should be in the box with the hoses and tubes, and the other already installed. It is easy to miss the one installed as it may attach to the underside of the motor head. If so, it will need to be removed and placed on the tube of the top basket.
6. Now you have the choice of adding water to the canister case to assist with priming. If water is added, be sure that it does not go over the top edge of the top basket. It can trap air inside the filter is there is too much water in the case before attaching the motor.
7. You are now ready to attach the motor to the case. Lock the clips on the small sides of the case first. This is usually the side with the flow valves and its opposite.
8. Next is adding the hoses and tubes. The terms “Intake” and “Exhaust” will refer to the filter and not your aquarium. The intake tube will be the one to pull water out of the canister. It will have the strainer inside the tank, attached to the extension tube that is inside the intake tube. The intake is attached to the rubber hose, and the other end of the hose is attached to the blue flow valve. This assembled hose will attach to the blue “In” port on the motor. The switch needs to be pointing at the hose.
9. The exhaust tube will have the spray bar or directional spout (the choice is yours) attached to the elbow tube, which is attached to the exhaust tube. The rubber hose is attached to the exhaust tube on one end, and the black flow control valve on the other. This assembled hose will attach to the black “Out” port on the motor head. The switch needs to be pointing at the hose.
10. Time now to prime the filter by pressing the button on the top of the motor. You will want to have the spray bar/directional spout is out of the water when priming. You do not have to press the button rapidly. You want a steady pace so the button can make full pulls of water. This should start the siphon effect. Once the siphon starts, stop pressing the button and let the filter fill and settle. You should have a trickle of water coming from the exhaust tube. If not, you can press the button again until you do.
11. Once there is water entering the aquarium from the exhaust, you are ready to plug in the filter. It may surge and push out air, but should start to cycle water.
12. To help get the excess air out of the canister, it can be tilted so the black exhaust is higher than the blue intake. This will move any air over where it can be expelled. With the filter still cycling, press the priming button 3 or 4 times to help expel the air. You will want to leave the filter tilted at about a 45-degree angle for about 10 minutes.