I have a sponge filter to set up my QT tank with but no outlets left in my room to run the air pump with. If I just let the sponge sit in my mature 29g for a few weeks will it have the same effect? I didn't think it would matter if it had air running through it or not, I just want to make sure.
Without air to force bubbles up through the lift tube thereby pulling water into the sponge, the sponge filter will not be effective. I might consider getting a powerstrip found at any hardware store or walmart that would allow you to plug the air pump into.
If you're using it as the main filter, no it won't work, at least not to support any real bioload. To mature the sponge, it will work to a degree, but you really need some flow through the sponge or the colonization of the sponge won't be significant.
Okay. I have a power strip right now, but all my tank stuff and my computer/monitor are plugged into it so there are no outlets left. I guess I'll have to figure something out. No it's not my main filtration, I have a canister and HOB filter on my 29, the sponge filter will just be for my QT tank.
Eventually will need outlet to run the Q/T, Meanwhile can kep just spong in HOB to keep it somewhat active.
Yeah the QT is in another room in the house, so it will be fine for power... The sponge won't fit in my HOB :( I think I'm just going to dig an extension cord out of the basement and use an outlet on the other side of the room, as annoying as that will be.
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