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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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Fluval Spec 2 - Do I need to run the filter 24x7?

Hi, I am new to the forum. I just got a Fluval Spec 2 and I am going to set it up on my desk at work. I plan to have live plants, 1 needle leaf fern, 1 anubias petite, some xmas moss and some floating frogbit. I plan to add some Red Cherry shrimp and that is it.

I don't want to run the filter on the weekends just in case something happened and no one was there, I kind of feel better if it was not running during the weekend. I will have the lights on a timer so the tank will get light everyday.

Do I really need the filter running 24x7 in a planted shrimp tank? Or can I get away with running for 8 hours M-F while I am at work?

My tank is not a walstad tank, but I do see some walstad tanks that don't have filters. So I was thinking I could get away with not running the filter all the time.

Please give me your thoughts on this.

Thanks.

P.S. What do you think about having fish tanks at the office, do you recommend them or not?
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I don't think your shrimps create a large enough bioload that would kill them over the weekend ..
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Have had tanks on my deskat the office for years. Currently have an Evolve 8. They help relieve my stress.
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With the filter basically as part of the tank it really can't do any damage. Say it stops work, oh well literally nothing will happen.
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I would be more worried about a stupid coworker killing your shrimp or a janitor accidentally knocking it off the desk...
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Yes. Leave the filter on.

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It's pretty much impossible that the filter will accidentally run dry (unless you've siliconed the bottom "safety" intake or something). What are you worrying about going wrong?
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It's pretty much impossible that the filter will accidentally run dry (unless you've siliconed the bottom "safety" intake or something). What are you worrying about going wrong?
I don't know, I guess I am being overly cautious. I didn't want the water level to go down too far, but I guess in this tank it is almost impossible for that to happen.

Thanks for the feedback
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Fluval Spec 2 - Do I need to run the filter 24x7?

I have a Spec 2 as well. I wouldn't mess with the filter man. Just leave it on! If it runs dry (which is really hard in my opinion) you'll know when to replace the water. And I don't think you should have any problems as long as you make sure it's not low before you leave on Friday!
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I have a Spec 2 as well. I wouldn't mess with the filter man. Just leave it on! If it runs dry (which is really hard in my opinion) you'll know when to replace the water. And I don't think you should have any problems as long as you make sure it's not low before you leave on Friday!
Thanks everyone. I guess I leave it on and don't worry about it.
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