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Old 10-21-2012, 11:17 PM   #1
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So I decided to clean the impeller on my 2213 today...it's my first time ever doing this (had it running since January oops) and guess what. I broke the shaft with the bushings on it -_-

But! I was inspired to do a planted HOB by a couple of threads on here the other day so I decided to set up a spare AC50 I had hanging around. Could not have been more perfect timing!

Figured everyone here would understand how grateful I am haha my husband just thinks I am crazy.

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Old 10-21-2012, 11:53 PM   #2
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Best luck with this, I like running my tanks with two filters because I'm paranoid of this situation.

Monitor closely for ammonia spikes. This may trigger a mini cycle, I hope not tho.

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Old 10-22-2012, 12:42 AM   #3
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Glad you've come up with a creative solution. Can use the same filter media?

Tha tight help prevent spiking.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:56 AM   #4
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The AC has been going for about 2 weeks, I still took some of the bio rings out of the eheim to reduce a spike if there is one. It's a 20h with about a dozen endlers and rcs and is also full of fast growing stems.

I filled the eheim with tank water because I know if it dries all the bacteria will die. What is the best way to keep all the bacteria going? Should I change that water everyday?

Hopefully the part will be here by Wednesday.


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Old 10-22-2012, 01:07 AM   #5
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If you can find a way to aerate the bio media in the eheim that will help to keep it alive. I'm not sure if it needs to be fed fish food or anything like that, it might be a good idea. If you end up feeding it you should probably change the water in it daily (it's only 3 days so that won't be so bad).

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Old 10-22-2012, 02:10 AM   #6
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Provided the bacteria have access to oxygen they can survive a long time (like weeks) without any food - they will just go into a semi-dormant state while they wait for things to improve (this will also reduce their oxygen demand, but they still need some oxygen).

Just keep the media in a single layer in a shallow tray or trays (i.e., lots of surface area) - any sort of tray will do (tupperware, baking pan, pie plate, etc), just needs to hold enough water to cover the media.
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provided the bacteria have access to oxygen they can survive a long time (like weeks) without any food - they will just go into a semi-dormant state while they wait for things to improve (this will also reduce their oxygen demand, but they still need some oxygen).

Just keep the media in a single layer in a shallow tray or trays (i.e., lots of surface area) - any sort of tray will do (tupperware, baking pan, pie plate, etc), just needs to hold enough water to cover the media.


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