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Filter always on?

Does the filter always need to run? or can there be down times?

In the wild these plants live in ponds where there's no "filtration" so I'm thinking that having a "pond day" every know and then would be a good thing....

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you run the risk of killing off your bio media in your filter without flow.
i have no idea of the time it takes to do this though.
plus i would think in a smaller tank without flow, there would be less oxygen exchange with the surface. that could be a risk also.

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If you only have plants in your tank, a "pond day" probably wouldn't hurt anything.
With fish, your filter should run 24/7/365.
Ponds without filters, are large volumes of water, with large surface area, and most fishes kept in ponds are hardier, like goldfish, that can normally withstand a less clean environment and lesser water quality than most other tropicals.
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no fish here.

other than a having a quiet day (no filter running), is there a benefit to the plants?
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Don't need a filter if there's no fish.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by secuono View Post
Don't need a filter if there's no fish.
True enough - but aquatic plants can/will benefit from
some water circulation & oxygenation, which filters provide.
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