07-06-2008, 04:09 PM
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Re: Filter Problem
Originally Posted by Watermello
Hi im really new to aquariums. I have a ten gallon, with a betta, two frogs, a midland painted turtle, and ten goldfish. I used a duetto 50 filter and it worked great for two days but now it only works when the aeration is off. It works but only trickles out air and water, alot slower than it did before. I took it apart and cleaned the sponge and the air tubing, but no results. can anyone help me as to whats wrong with my filter? or is it safe to run without the aeration on with that many fish?
Your aquarium is way overstocked. I can not emphasis enough how extremely overstocked your tank is. For the bioload you are attempting to keep, you would need a 55 gallon aquarium or larger. And that might not be enough.
Also, the sponge inside your filter is a biological filter. It should not be cleaned. Unfortunately, with the bioload you are running the sponge will become clogged and not function properly.
This entire situation is impossible. You have to make a decision on what livestock you want to keep and set up a proper aquarium environment. The answer to your original question is useless, because the filter is not being used as intended.