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Herky 08-28-2009 05:13 PM

10 gallon troubles
To start off, I've been noticing that my ten gallon tank has been cloudy for about a week now, which is really odd because normally it is the most pristine tank I have. It has always had crystal clear water, been absolutely sparkling with the exception of some brown algae as it cycled, which has since gone away. I guess I didn't put to much thought to it, figured I had overfed and I missed my regular tank cleaning day by a couple of days since I started back to college again this week and have been super busy. As I'm doing the water change on our tanks, I noticed the sound was off....the normal cacophony of the waterfall effect coming from the filters just didn't have the same ring to it. The culprit: my 10 gallon. Filter not working at all. I unplugged it, took it out, stripped it down, cleaned it up, reassembled and put it back in place, plugged it in....nothing. Tried a different outlet thinking maybe it was the power strip (even though everything else plugged into it worked). It's dead as a doornail. The problem is, I have no money coming in until September 10th.

I know I have a couple of options: (at least I think)

1. Keep the tank, try to do as many water changes as necessary and hope it works.
2. Take the fish back to my lfs tomorrow and abandon the tank until I have the cash flow to get something done with it.

I don't know if they can make it long enough doing water changes or not...any ideas? I've been wanting to scale back since we have a major case of mts going on here, so maybe this is the opportunity.

MoneyMitch 08-28-2009 10:47 PM

hmm an idea if you could somehow get a tank above the 10 gallon and get a piece of hose and use like a homeade overflow out of a milk jug or something then have a pump pumping the water into a aquarium above it with a filter? i knolw it sucks emptying ur aquarium but its the only thing i can think of at the moment. just use ur 10 gallon as kind of a sump but keep all ur fish in it still and everything its just kind of like combining two tanks onto one filter. hope this helps money.

Byron 08-29-2009 03:46 PM

Herky, is this tank the 10g in your "Aquariums" named your girlfriend's tank? If yes, there do not seem to be too many fish (I can see maybe 4?). If this tank has been running for a few weeks, the bacteria will have colonized the substrate, tank walls, decor; the loss of the filter will be less critical, except for remving particulate matter (probably the cloudiness); if that is what the cloudiness is, it is unsightly but will not hurt the fish. I would do partial water changes maybe twice a week instead of once, until such time as the filter is working or you have another. During the pwc, vacuum just above the gravel to remove debris but not into it to remove bacteria. Use a good water conditioner (obvious i expect, but worth saying) and if it is as I think above, it will be OK.


Herky 08-29-2009 07:44 PM

Nope, it's my tank listed as tiger barb tank. It's been up and running since May.

Byron 08-30-2009 10:52 AM


Originally Posted by Herky (Post 235165)
Nope, it's my tank listed as tiger barb tank. It's been up and running since May.

Thanks. Same advice as previous post then. The tank should have cycled and be relatively established after 3+ months, and provided the fish stocking is not overboard, bacteria will keep up. The cloudiness is just the suspended particulate matter, and in that case is harmless.


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