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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-28-2009, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Running without a filter

What are the implications of running without a filter for a couple days? I was hoping to have all my parts this weekend but my filter came in all busted and had to be sent back so I'm waiting on a new one to get here (Tuesday).

So basically I want to go ahead the do most of the major work on the tank this weekend and get rid of my crappy Eclipse top, but that means losing the filter that is currently running. Are there any problems with doing this? Should I just wait till next weekend when I have all the parts on hand?

I do have a small filter running in the tank for co2 diffusion, but I doubt that thing does much of anything filter wise, but maybe it's enough.
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do you have a powerhead you can put on it for now? i'd try that and a couple water changes between now and then
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What size is the tank, what fish do you keep?


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You can always add a sponge to the inlet of a powerhead and get some filtration. That does work pretty well, but doesn't do the fine filtration that makes the water look really sparkling.

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With me, impatience almost always leads to serious problems or lots more work later.

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It's a 25 gallon tank with 1 dwarf rainbow fish, 8 neon tetras, and 1 otto. fairly light load. I've got a Hagen Elite Mini that was doing co2 diffusion that I can put in there to keep things moving. I'm not opposed to waiting... I'm just impatient like that

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You never really said what you are doing with the tank and that plays a big part in whether or not you should proceed without the filter. Are you doing a complete tank redo? Pulling out substrate and replacing. Keep in mind that if you are not empting out the entire tank then you will have issues with disturbing the current balance and this is exactly why you would need a filter. If you are completely empting the tank then is the substrate you put back in going to leave the water cloudy and you need the filter. If what you are doing is going to leave the water clear then you can probably get away with it being prepared to keep a close eye on your water parameters. When I really mess with my tanks is a must have!!

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You should be fine without a filter for a couple of days. I have a 75 gal planted tank that is pretty heavily planted that I have been running now for 20 months without a filter or a water change! I don't have a lot of fish in it, so the bioload is light, but you should be fine for a few days.
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