04-09-2012, 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Boise1024
Being able to buy a new filter or not is not an option to you right now. A malfunctionning motor will not be able to filter water effectively, and you turning it off each night will slowly but surely kill all the beneficial bacteria in there. You simply will lose all of your fish and need to start over if you can't replace the filter.
I would look for some cheap filter at walmart or such for the time being, some can be had for like 20-30$ depending on the size of your aquarium. And even if you can get the problem resolved with marineland, it's always good to have a backup filter.
Also, you may know other aquarists or friends that have a spare filter, or that had aquariums they don't use anymore.
When you do get another filter, just transfer the filter media from your broken filter so you have some bacteria in there.
I already knew all of this. I am doing the best I can with what I am given. If I could afford a $20 filter right now I would. But as is, I am literally buying food with dimes and quarters. Plus, my tank is a 40 gallon long, so a $20 filter would work much worse than the one I have now. And if you read the intro, you would know that the filter is still running and filtering (just loudly). If I knew anyone with a spare filter, I sure as hell wouldn't be having this problem. My only option is Marineland at this point, praying I can finally get in contact with them. I would appreciate that if you comment, that you read the responses and conclusions that were ahead of your own.