Thread: Restarting an aquarium
05-28-2012, 12:57 AM #1
Restarting an aquarium
New girl here. I'm looking forward to learning from you all.
I had to dismantle my 50 gallon freshwater aquarium two years ago when we moved to a new house. I'm now ready to begin again but I'm concerned about my equipment having sat packed in a box for two years. I have an Eheim ecco canister filter. I've checked it out and it seems fine but is it? Have the bushings and gaskets dried out and become unreliable? I'm wondering whether I should just go with it or replace it. It's five years old.
If anyone has some advice I would appreciate it.
05-28-2012, 01:01 AM #2
I've had filters sitting that long on the closet before pulling them out to use them. Lub the seals with some vaseline and give them a test run. You should be fine tho.If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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05-28-2012, 01:44 PM #3
Thanks Cliff. I'll give it a test run.
07-28-2012, 01:37 AM #4
Yeah, I've had some really old looking filters run just fine. Sometimes you need to give them a good cleaning first. For one of my filters, I had to get a new impeller because the old one had cracked, but since I've done that, it has been working very well."If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water."
- Loren Eisley
07-28-2012, 02:10 AM #5
to the post above me.That was smart talking about replaceing the impeller.Before I started talking to fish exsperts I threw my filter system away thinking they were junk.Those are the first to go or they could be stuck or just really dirty.When cleaning your canister filter make sure you scrub down the impeller.The impeller also cheap to replace.
Last edited by fishguy420; 07-28-2012 at 02:13 AM.fishguy420
07-28-2012, 03:28 PM #6
I've got a cascade 300 that sat in a storage unit for like 3 years and it still works just fine. It's not a canister filter and doesn't the gaskets and such that a canister does, but I'd say you'd definitely be fine if everything looks alright. +1 to cliff about the vaseline.Finally reached 6 tanks... oh god, this addiction is getting serious. 75g mbuna tank, 65g gold severum, 55g OB peacock breeding colony, 30g(36x18) growout, 20 long Dwarf Alto's, 10g fry tank.
If I die young bury me in... An 8x2x2 with versa tops and a large sump for adequate filtration;)