How long will my tank last without a filter

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by 1thing, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. 1thingValued MemberMember

    So I have a 10g with a fluval 2plus filter in there!! ( it is fully stocked BTW )

    it has this habbit of when it turns off it doesn't want to came back on without some fiddling!

    im going on holiday for a week and I'm worried that mid way through this week it will stop!!

    my grandparents are taking care of it they can feed them but not restart the filter!!

    would my tank be ok for a coupple of days???


  2. HarlebleondoraWell Known MemberMember

    What exactly is your stocking?

  3. 1thingValued MemberMember

    5 neon tetras, 1 danio, 5 very small platys, 2 DG's, 1 pepperd cory and one bamboo shrimp!

    i know it's really bad I'm sorting it out soon rehousing thing etc...


  4. HarlebleondoraWell Known MemberMember

    I really don't think it would make it a week. Do you have the funds to buy another filter? Even if it is just a cheap backup filter or a sponge filter. Make sure to seed it!
  5. 1thingValued MemberMember

    No I know it wouldn't last a week!! But how about a few days??

  6. millcaValued MemberMember

    Your tank is quite a bit overstocked so good filtration is even MORE important. I would definitely get a better quality filter and would suggest an AquaClear 50.
  7. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Does it turn itself off or do you mean you turn it off when doing water changes etc & it won't restart?
    In my experience the impeller on fluvals do have a habit of not restarting without fiddling if you've turned it off but I've never had one stop on its own
  8. 1thingValued MemberMember

    No it's when I turn it off its a little difficult to get going again!

  9. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    In that case I think it'll be fine as long as no one turns it off while you're away
  10. 1thingValued MemberMember

    Yea but I'm thinking power surges!!

    it has stopped it before!

  11. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    If you're worried then buy a new filter & hopefully you'll have no power outages while you're away
  12. Bob EllisValued MemberMember

    An Aqueon QuietFlow 10 will cost you less than $10 on amazon and these are great at restarting on their own without fiddling or priming.

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  13. lala29Well Known MemberMember

    I have to shake my fluval in the water when i have turned it off to get it to work!

    I would suggest getting a sponge filter etc...or a cheap one for the time being. Then you can get the people looking after the fish to check its working. If its not then you have the other one for back up :)
  14. jcmguyValued MemberMember

    I wouldnt worry. I have power outages and surges commonly and my filter, heater, and lights all keep going.

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