have Marineland C220 & 50 cichlids - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 03-20-2015, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
New Member
have Marineland C220 & 50 cichlids

My future brother-in-law brought me a 30 gallon tank with 50 convict cichlids. It came with a basic filter that hangs on the inside of the tank. I just bought a Marineland C220 canister filter because I read that these are good to have and it might clear up the murky water. It's all set up and ready but I have no idea if I can prime this filter and turn it on while the fish are still in the tank. Do I have to take the fish out for a while so the filter can get going or can I just prime it and plug it in while the fish are in the tank? The instructions mentioned a conditioner but did not explain. I even watched the video but it didn't really say anything about the conditioner or if I could start this up with the fish in the tank.
Please help


Danielmike3 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 03-21-2015, 08:47 AM
m919's Avatar
Yes, you can start the filter with fish in the tank, just be sure to follow all of the directions prior to start up. As far as the conditioner I am not sure what they are talking about. I have 4 canister filters and what I do is fill them up with the tank water after I clean them to help with the prime. Push your prime button twice and it will make a little noise until all of the air is out of the filter and all should be just fine. My other advise is if the HOB filter has already been in the tank and it has been cycled I would advise leaving that filter in the tank for about 6 weeks/with the canister filter so it will also help the new canister filter cycle. As far as 50 Cichlids in a 30 gal! I would not recommend! Good luck

60 Gal-- 1 Maingano, 2 Clown Loach, 1 bushy nose, 1 Yellow Lab, 2 Acei and 1 brown Cichlid(unsure what kind)
27 Gallon-- 8 white skirt tetra and 4 albino cory,Bristlenose
29 grow tank, 2 Moorii, 1 Maingano, 1 rainbow sharks, 2 Bumblebee and 1 peacock
20 Gallon long-- Amazon biotope-in progress
10 gallon-- Med tank
120 gallon-- getting set up
m919 is offline  

canister filter , cichlid beginner

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
marineland LED & planted tank Aeon Beginner Planted Aquarium 4 02-16-2015 09:30 AM
My first filter...Marineland C220 canister JDM Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 1 01-20-2013 08:35 PM
BioCube 29 & Marineland Eclipse 37 Tanks RandallW20 Saltwater Aquarium Equipment 7 08-14-2009 10:19 AM
Cichlids & Gourmai's bonbon77 Cichlids 2 06-28-2009 10:34 AM
Algae & Cichlids / Cichlids & Algae Mr.Todd Cichlids 1 04-11-2007 11:20 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome