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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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I'm in a boarding school right now but our deans allow us to keep aquariums The problem is at night the deans shut the power off from 10:30 Pm-6:00 Am, which I'm afraid will cause some problems. Our school is located in a California Mediterranean climate so it isn't horribly cold though. I'm not planning to get any fish though just a few hardy plants (anubias, java fern, etc) and maybe some shrimp, as I'm only getting a 2.5 gallon aquarium. I would really like to make this work, anyway I could?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 01:39 AM
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Shut off the power from 10:30-6:00 AM? Wow. Is it a university? That's crazy.

I think it could work, but you would need a filter that wouldn't need to be reprimed every morning (assuming you decided to use one.)

EDIT: just noticed that you said boarding school. That makes a little more sense


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Might as well getting a walstad bowl. With the constant power out every night, you will break a filter in no time. If not cloudy tank everyday because of the on/off filter.
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yea either go filterless tank or get a battery powered/ batteryback up filter
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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What do you mean by "reprimed"? Do you recommend a filter that doesn't "reprime".
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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 08:38 AM
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they shut off the power? how does anything work if they shut it off? strange.
anyways most filters are self priming now anyways so that shouldnt be a concern. and with a tank that small you'd probably want those nano HOB filters. so to prime it, you'd just probably pour water back into the filter. you could also TRY an internal filter as well. and yea those plants are pretty good. java fern looks really awesome when it fills out and doesn't need much light either
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Having a filter on/off everyday doesn't seem to affect the tanks I'm having. (I pin them to the light timer cos the tanks are in my bedroom room and the filter makes a little noise). However as stated it might not be good for the filter to have to switch on/off everyday. Unless your tank is extremely small, having a filter or pump for circulation is much healthier for the plants.
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 03:33 PM
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Why not use a sponge filter with a battery airpump? It'd only be on for 8 hours a day and you could use rechargeable batteries to save on cost.
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my vote is no filter, plant heavy, and when in Thailand go with a betta

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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 12:42 AM
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I have a 2.5 gallon nano going with a toms mini internal filter from amazon for under $20. As long as it stays submerged it will kick on without a problem. I cant say how long it will last with daily on/off cycles but I unplug mine pretty frequently for cleaning etc.
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go low tech no filter and plants

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I would worry about losing your cycle if the filter is down that much, so I agree that filterless is probably a good idea.

Cali does get cold for part of the year, even if it's just a week or two. I think the water temperature is going to be a major problem for any livestock. Especially if the temperature swings a lot during the course of a day. You might need to have something super hardy, like opae ula shrimp.

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Could always use a battery-powered air pump attached to a sponge filter.
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I would worry about losing your cycle if the filter is down that much, so I agree that filterless is probably a good idea.

Cali does get cold for part of the year, even if it's just a week or two. I think the water temperature is going to be a major problem for any livestock. Especially if the temperature swings a lot during the course of a day. You might need to have something super hardy, like opae ula shrimp.
My planned stocking list,
Anubias
Java Fern
Dwark Hair Grass
Dwarf Baby Tears
I might get some fish like Neon tetras or a Betta

Will these survive wiyhout a heater at night?
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Bettas need to be in 78-80 degree water, preferably. Down to 76 is OK, as is up to 82, but it really isn't optimal for most bettas.

My tanks tend to run at or just below room temperature, with no heater. So, if it is 65 out, your tank will be too cold. Same problem can exist on the other side, if temperatures get too high.

The other issue is the daily temperature swing. More than a few degrees difference per day stresses the fish. This can wind up shortening their lifespan. In the wild, they can move around to modulate their temperature. Not so much in a small tank.

People definitely keep bettas in a huge variety of conditions. Some folks have great success far outside optimal parameters. I am kind of cautious when it comes to living things, so I would roll with just plants and snails.

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