Filter Not Working Properly

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by Dandelion-Dream, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. Dandelion-DreamValued MemberMember

    I've recently encountered an issue with my TopFin 10g filter. It's been managing a heavy bioload for a year now, but just recently it's been acting improperly. The output has been reduced to a trickle, and I'm afraid this might impact my fish.
    I have had some issues with brown algae in my tank, but nothing too serious for the most part.

    Should I change the cartridge, take apart and scrub the inside of the filter, or fix any electrical problems? I'd like an upfront answer, I don't want my fish stewing in their own waste for too long.

    NOTE: I am currently planning out a new, more spacious upgrade to resolve the overstocking issue. I would like to first fix my filter before discussing that.
  2. TexasGuppyWell Known MemberMember

    Have you tried cleaning the filter? Could be growth in the impeller.. I would clean both.
  3. Dandelion-DreamValued MemberMember

    How would I clean the cartridge? Is rinsing it in tap water safe?
  4. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    Rinse it in treated water, or tank water.
  5. Dandelion-DreamValued MemberMember

    I'd like some more input on this, just to be sure.
  6. TexasGuppyWell Known MemberMember

    Easy to try to clean filter first, if it doesn't help enough, try the impeller. Or are you asking if you should just replace it?