06-17-2010, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
You're OK provided the water continues to run through the filter, otherwise it would run dry and that burns out the motor very fast. However, I see no reason to leave it on, and I always turn my filters and heaters off when doing a water change.
A tip I picked up elsewhere some time back: Buy yourself one of those short-cord power bars, nothing fancy (your main power bar or wall outlet is where the auto shutoff for power surges should be), and plug it into the main power bar/outlet for the tank (use one per tank). Plug the filter and heaters into this small power bar. The light will be plugged into the main power bar/outlet so it remains on with its timer. When you do a water change, just turn off the small power bar to disconnect the heaters and filter. Easy; saves unplugging all these implements.
You would laugh if you saw how many power strips we have in use with the tanks. We just moved into a new home and I have the 7 betta tanks in the dining room until they get their final "spots" in the house. Each tank needs 3 plugs so you can imagine LOL.
I just wasn't sure with the canister if it was ok to leave on bc that's the one tank that we don't have rigged up with the power strip yet. I didn't have the option to leave the filter on with my HOB on the 45 gallon tall and this being my first canister, I don't want to do anything I shouldn't.
Thank you :)