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sunny21 07-12-2011 11:44 PM

Filter duration
 
The UG filter and sponge filter always operate in my tank but while feeding my fishes i turn off all the filters just to avoid the misplacement of the pellets.After 5-10 mins i turn on the internal power filter for 3-4 hours and then turn it off and starts the sponge and UG filter again. Is this a safe method? Would it harm or kill the beneficial bacterias if the sponge and UG filters are powered off for 3-4 hours(for day and for night again 3-4 hours during feeding i.e. total of 7-8 hours per day)?

Please advice

Byron 07-13-2011 11:49 AM

Such a short duration is not likely to have much detrimental effect, though I certainly would not do it. I only turn my filters off when I do the water change. If there is so much water movement the fish can't feed, it is likely too great. Depending upon the fish species, they may not like currents, and swimming against them is stressful. I would need to know more about this tank and fish to comment further.

sunny21 07-13-2011 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 734032)
Such a short duration is not likely to have much detrimental effect, though I certainly would not do it. I only turn my filters off when I do the water change. If there is so much water movement the fish can't feed, it is likely too great. Depending upon the fish species, they may not like currents, and swimming against them is stressful. I would need to know more about this tank and fish to comment further.

It is a 15 gallon tank of goldfishes

please advice

Byron 07-13-2011 01:14 PM

Ah, goldfish need good filtration, they produce a lot of waste.

sunny21 07-13-2011 01:31 PM

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