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post #1 of 24 Old 03-19-2013, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Ugh... broke my filter

So I was changing the water in my 125g today and decided to clean out the filter while I was at it, as it has been a few weeks. When putting it back together though, I must of pushed on the impeller just the wrong way and it snapped. Doh!

So here I sit with a 125g and no filter. Dang. Now for those who don't know me, this tank is 100% planted. One might say over planted to jungle proportions.

I ordered a replacement, but it won't get here until Thursday. Unfortunately due to the size of the tank filter options are extremely limited. Not many people make canisters large enough and the local environment is not friendly at all to the wallet. Buying the same filter locally (if I could find it in the first place) would cost me a whopping 32% higher and like most people I'm not made of money. I decided on a new canister rather than a replacement impeller because I actually haven't been all that happy with my old one anyways and have been thinking of replacing it. The broken impeller just forces my hand sooner than I was ready.

So I'm not too worried about needing the filter for filtering while I await the replacement. I'm also not worried about oxygen, my plants take care of both those concerns. However, I am a little worried on the business of water movement for temperature. I have two 250W heaters, one on each side of the tank.

Think this will be fine until Thursday (two days from right now)?

As a lesson learned though, probably not a bad idea to have a spare impeller on hand.
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post #2 of 24 Old 03-19-2013, 06:39 PM
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id say your fine since both heaters are on either side of the aquarium, make sure to remove the activated carbon if the cannister includes it ;)
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post #3 of 24 Old 03-19-2013, 06:59 PM
Powerhead or bubbler for the tank if you are worried about circulation. You could make a DIY sponge filter if you wanted to keep the media alive.
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I think you'll be fine - with a heater at each end, and fish swimming around (assuming they have room to swim in the jungle...), it should mix well enough.

You clean your canister every few weeks? Seems a bit excessive. I'm certainly at the other end of the spectrum though - WAY at the other end. I don't clean mine more than twice a year.

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I think you'll be fine - with a heater at each end, and fish swimming around (assuming they have room to swim in the jungle...), it should mix well enough.

You clean your canister every few weeks? Seems a bit excessive. I'm certainly at the other end of the spectrum though - WAY at the other end. I don't clean mine more than twice a year.
After 3-4 weeks it gets a ton of plant matter in there. I clean it out to keep the flow up.

I don't use carbon, never do, and I don't need beneficial bacteria to keep alive, as I clean all my media with tap water anyways ;)

Plants are great.
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Ahh, plant matter - I don't have that problem. I'll just add that to the list.

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Wait, just curious. I thought canister filters were supposed to be cleaned every week? Like rinse out the sponges, swish the media...etc. And hoses cleaned every month or so...
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Wait, just curious. I thought canister filters were supposed to be cleaned every week? Like rinse out the sponges, swish the media...etc. And hoses cleaned every month or so...
Why would they, or any other filter for that matter, need to be cleaned every week?

In my experience, they don't need to be cleaned very often. I also don't have plant matter fouling up the system. Since I don't use carbon, I don't open them up except to clean them, which is every june and december. I've never cleaned the hoses

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The decaying plant matter in the filter makes a big difference in having to clean it out more often. I generally clean mine once a month meaning empty, rinse baskets, swish media. I clean the impeller area maybe every other month.

Geo, I'm sure you'll be fine for a few days as far as heat goes.

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post #10 of 24 Old 03-20-2013, 05:03 AM
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Urg, Geo! That really stinks! My experience with unfiltered tanks don't go above a 29, but it sounds like you've gotten all the advice you need - good luck. And we DO need some updated tank shots of your jungle!!! Just sayin' ;)
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