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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-07-2020, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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fake bad tank filter died rebirth time?

so i had this 55 litre tank no fish or anything in just was cycled waiting on fish and boom filter poped didnt have money for a week so the tank was sludge here are some before and after pics im very new to this so any help would be very nice
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-09-2020, 01:46 PM
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just keep changing the water til you get a new filter/airline/whatever. looks like you got some decent sized plants in there just keep feeding them and testing your water. Eventually you can start with something small (shrimp/snails/etc). the beneficial bacteria will grow on the rocks/decor in the tank enough to support life but don't stock it heavily until you cycle the new filter. Honestly a planted tank will cycle itself with no filter at all on a window sill as long as the bio-load is low to start. Think of outdoor tubs: the plants ARE the airline. Not everything likes it that still but do some research and you'll find something that thrives in still water to cycle with (no filter feeders or rheophiles). Another thought is a heron's fountain made from plastic water bottles and some tubing just to get some flow in there but I wouldn't worry about stagnation anyway with the plants in there
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-09-2020, 03:10 PM
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Did you check the impeller in your filter? I'd wager that 9 times out of 10 when a customer at my LFS had a "broken" filter it would work when cleaned and reassembled.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-09-2020, 04:42 PM
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Boom is not a way to tell us much but since there are no parts except the impeller and it is inside a coil of wire embedded in epoxy, it is not very common for a filter to go boom in any way. Look at cleaning if the wire feeding it power is not broken. One small snail shell can stop a filter!
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