You know that little goopy buildup that accumulates on the intake strainers of your pumps? It may not seem like a big deal, but long term, it can have a huge impact on the operation of your pump. The clumps of algae, detritus, and whatever else gets stuck to the intake can restrict water flow, causing the pump to work harder than it is designed to. Over time, this could shorten the life of the pump, and may even cause the pump to seize up under certain conditions. To prevent this from happening, regular maintenance of your pumps is a must. Since all types are affected, from propeller based powerheads to impeller based water pumps, it is very important to break down each pump in your system and remove any buildup on the intake strainer and the propeller/impeller or in the housing. Doing this will prolong the equipment’s life and keep water flowing at optimum rates, which could impact the overall health of your aquarium.