Adding new filter intake/outtake, leave old lines till the new colonize?
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » Adding new filter intake/outtake, leave old lines till the new colonize?

Adding new filter intake/outtake, leave old lines till the new colonize?

This is a discussion on Adding new filter intake/outtake, leave old lines till the new colonize? within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> I have a 45g tank with about 14 fish. It's a relatively new tank, and about 4 weeks in. I haven't seen any spikes ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Scalare Angelfish
Scalare Angelfish
False Network Catfish
False Network Catfish
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
Adding new filter intake/outtake, leave old lines till the new colonize?
Old 10-19-2011, 07:06 PM   #1
 
Adding new filter intake/outtake, leave old lines till the new colonize?

I have a 45g tank with about 14 fish. It's a relatively new tank, and about 4 weeks in. I haven't seen any spikes but keep it safe by checking my water every other day.

Currently I have a penn-plax 1000 canister filter. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a premade intake / outtake/trickle bar setup so I decided to make my own. In the meantime, I've had the 3/4in hoses simply propped into the tank, with a safety net on the intake so no fish get sucked in. I just finished building my new piping and I'm very proud of it, I think it came out well (I'll post a pic of them).

My dilemma now is hooking them up. There was quite a lot of extra 3/4in hose, about 6 feet of hose for a 3 foot distance. I can imagine that there is a considerable amount of bacteria in those hoses. My logic suggests that I don't want to just cut them down to size and install my new bacteria-less piping, inciting spice in something.

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. I think I'm going to just attach the super-long hose to the new piping and wait to trim it for a few weeks until new bacteria colonizes the new piping. Will this then put stress on my filter by having to pump like 8 feet of water in and out of the unnecessarily long hoses and then into the tank?
djrodan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2011, 08:26 PM   #2
 
Romad's Avatar
 
Good question as I have to replace my disgusting hoses as well.

It's my belief that the filter medium should house most of the beneficial bacteria and that it wouldn't be a problem but lets wait for people who have done this to chime in.

Welcome to TFK
Romad is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2011, 09:13 PM   #3
 
iamgray's Avatar
 
If it was my tank, I wouldn't worry about the hoses. I would just go ahead and cut them to the proper length, trusting that sufficient amounts of bacteria would be present in the filter media, substrate, and on the decor; plus, my tank is fairly heavily planted. But that's just what I WOULD do... I have never actually encountered that scenario with my own tank.
iamgray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2011, 09:16 PM   #4
 
+2 what s/he said
AbbeysDad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2011, 09:12 AM   #5
 
I ended up exaggerating the length of the hoses. I was able to put in the new fittings with only trimming a few inches. Theyre still a little kinky when the heated water runs through them, so I think I'm going to replace them anyway with the tubing that has the mesh wire reinforcements. I still have to upload my pics!
Posted via Mobile Device
djrodan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Snail stuck in filter intake SamG Invertebrates 3 07-04-2009 09:51 AM


Tags
bacteria, filter, filter maintenance, intake, outake

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:04 PM.