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blacklabel3 08-21-2010 11:17 PM

Need to change entire filter
I have a 20-40 aqua-tech behind tank filter, and the thing keeps getting clogged up. I've tried to rinse out the mechanical parts a few times, but it only seems to help for a few days. It's getting clogged up down, inside, the impaler(I think that's the correct word.)

I've decided to just purchase a higher quality behind tank filter. Problem is, the model I'm looking at doesn't use the same bio-filter mechanism. That's gonna cause me some problems. I don't have enough extra tank space to move the fish while the bio-filter builds up.


Romad 08-22-2010 06:10 AM

Which model are you looking at?

Can you run both filters together?

blacklabel3 08-22-2010 05:43 PM

That's a pretty decent idea. I think that's what I'm going to end up doing.
I can't remember the name of the filter I was looking at. It's carried by Walmart, in store, and is a little more expensive than aqua-tech.

bones14 08-29-2010 09:21 AM

Or you could just float the bio-filter from the new filter in the tank for a week if you don't want to run both filters.Either way would work.

blacklabel3 08-31-2010 11:04 PM

The tank is fully cycled, has been running for a full year. How long will it take for a new bio-filter to build up?

zof 09-01-2010 07:39 PM

A week or two if its in a good flow area next to the old filter.

blacklabel3 09-01-2010 07:57 PM


Originally Posted by zof (Post 462077)
A week or two if its in a good flow area next to the old filter.

ah, that's good news. thanks

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