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post #1 of 5 Old 04-13-2018, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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HOB filter died

Hi, I am new here and am looking for some help making sure that I am doing the right thing to help minimize how bad this is going to be for my fish.

I have a ten gallon tank with two male guppies, and two dwarf crawfish. There are plenty of places to hide, and everyone gets along. The tank is fully cycled and stable. Zero ammonia, zero nitrites, never more than 5ppm nitrates, and 7.4 pH. Tank sits at 76 įF. It had a penguin 75 filter. I was doing my weekly water change (2 gallons), and when I turned everything back on, the filter would not start. I checked to make sure the surge protector it was connected to was working, and it is just a dead filter.

So I removed the filter, floated the biowheel in the tank, rinsed the debris off the filter cartridge and put that in the tank too. I had a sponge filter in a separate 10 gallon tank that I was setting up and cycling. That had only been running for a couple weeks, but had I seeded it with bacteria from my original tank.

The sponge filter is generic and rated for up to 20 gallons, and has two large sponges on it. I have it hooked up to a whisper air pump that is rated for ten gallons. It is already getting some of the fish poo stuck to it, so I know it is working. I think it is creating enough surface aggitation. I think it is actually working better for water clarity than my HOB did.

I also use Prime as my water conditioner. When I put in the new sponge filter I dosed for the entire tank in the hope that if anything spikes, it won't be as toxic for the fish.

Did I do the right thing? Is there anything else I can do, other than just watch the ammonia, and nitrites?

Oh, and I covered up the filter cutout with aclear plastic sheet I had, so nobody climbs out.

I am probably freaking out more than I need to, but I have never had a filter die before.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-14-2018, 06:32 AM
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Yup sounds like you did everything right. Were I in your position, there isnít anything I would have done differently.


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post #3 of 5 Old 04-15-2018, 08:03 AM
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im not really sure what your trying to ask.....or if this is just a story, but i will just add a few points......

your HOB filter will probably work again fine if you just clean the motor/impeller out,

what happens is gunk and crap builds up in there and prevents the magnet from making contact....just clean it out, remove the motor from the case to clean it if you can,

if it still doesn't work....AFTER you plug it in, use a long thin stick of some sort and just nudge the impeller, with it, it will most likely start up again,

also, i find the rating on sponge filters is very conservative.....if a sponge filter says its good for a 20 gallon aquarium, it can most likely handle a 30-40 gallon aquarium, after its cycled and has good air flow
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-15-2018, 08:27 AM
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Yes good points on fixing it. Seemed like the OP was happier with the sponge filter so I skipped on that part. One thing to add - Iíve found QTips good for getting stuff out of the motor housing.


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Iíve found QTips good for getting stuff out of the motor housing.


same here!!
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