Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: NY; LETS GO METS
Congrats on the new setup and best of luck in the hobby!
Couple of things to point out though. First of all how did you cycle the tank? I'm going to assume you understand the nitrogen cycle and how important beneficial bacteria is. Now keep in mind that bacteria mainly lives in your filter and thrives on the fact that water is constantly flowing through the filter. Since your filter is not working there is a good chance some (or even all) of that bacteria will die off allowing an ammonia spike to occur which can be detrimental to your livestock.
So, while you are filterless, make sure you are testing your water and doing water changes as necessary. If you've got that air pump in the tank now, you can take whatever biomedia you had in the filter and place it on top of the airstone; which will force water over/through that biomedia hopefully keeping the beneficial bacteria alive.
Its also worth noting that when you do get a new filter you will want to take the old biomedia from your failed filter and use it in your new filter. If you dont, you'll essentially be removing the beneficial bacteria from your new setup and its as if you're starting the cycle over from day 1.
Curator of an ever growing fishroom that currently houses 30 different tanks. Most full of at least water....some even have fish!