Hey gang. I've been up late tonight and was just drifting off to bed when my paranoid sense told me my room was too quiet. I thought, "nah, the filter on the tank is fine" but got up to check anyway. Good thing too. It wasn't running.
This is my 29g SE Asian tank. It's running a standard HOB, Aquaclear 50 without the carbon that comes in the box because the tank is moderately planted. The tank's been running about 4 months now and I've had only one problem (which I have an answer to now thanks to you kind people).
Obviously I freaked out. I grabbed the filter instructions (thank god I saved those!) and checked the troubleshooting, did some googling etc, and finally decided that step one was to do a deep clean on the filter. At 2:15am.
I popped the motor off, took out the impeller, and rinsed everything down thoroughly. There was some gunk, but nothing I'd call outrageous. Never the less, the filter is working again after this procedure. So, a couple of questions.
One, was it really the gunk? I mean, it wasn't hard so I can do a deep clean on this guy every couple months rather than just changing filter media etc, but I wasn't expecting it to gum up so quickly.
Two, the filter was definitely running this morning when I left for work, and was probably (memory, who needs it?) running when I fed everybody again this evening around 10pm. Worst case scenario the fish went without filtration for 12 hours or so. I suspect more like 3-4. Can I expect any problems as a result? Everybody seems fine so far. Just a water change perhaps to rid the system of any extra nitrates etc.? Water change day is Monday anyway.
What do you suggest? Also, is this filter a PoS? I'm starting to think it is, and not just from this.