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  1. #1

    Default It pays to be prepared!


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    I returned home from an extended shopping/errand trip to find the filter on my 20 barely flowing and the waterfall heavy and glopping. I had recently cleaned that filter and had replaced the sponge, so I knew it wasn't clogged. I suspect something went wrong with the motor, though the impeller was still turning. I think the motor might have been gradually wearing out and had gone feeble on me. I had the flow control valve wide open.

    I checked the positioning of the media and jostled it a bit to ensure it wasn't blocking the flow, but still the flow was as diminished as before.

    I had purchased a stand-by replacement filter some time ago, and now took it out of the box, assembled it, transferred my existing media into it and got it up and going. The new waterfall is vigorous and healthy.

    This just shows the importance of having an extra filter available. One never knows when it might be needed.

    I now have the time to further investigate what was going on with the old one, and my fish are no worse off.

    It pays to be prepared...

    --mermaid
    20 gal. high: planted; 8 white cloud minnows, 10 RCS, 2 blue shrimp, several snails; AC50, Azoo air. 65 gal: planted; 7 rosy barbs, 6 glofish,, 2 zebra danios, 6 rosy red (fathead) minnows, 3 dojo loaches, several snails; AC110 x 2.

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    Yep, I keep two filters on every tank for that reason.. Each is sized enough to handle the tank on it's own for a short period of time, and I also have a few spare filters in the house too

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    Also a good idea to keep a spare heater around.

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    It certainly is a good idea to have spares around, but I never found it necessary to actually go out and buy a spare. The fish box has away too much stuff in it...my spares may not be the best size (which is usually why they got replaced) but they will do the job in a pinch.
    Now that I think about it, I really should go thru the fish box and see if I can't get rid of some of that stuff...the box seems to keep getting bigger...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheamurai View Post
    It certainly is a good idea to have spares around, but I never found it necessary to actually go out and buy a spare. The fish box has away too much stuff in it...my spares may not be the best size (which is usually why they got replaced) but they will do the job in a pinch.
    Now that I think about it, I really should go thru the fish box and see if I can't get rid of some of that stuff...the box seems to keep getting bigger...
    Funny...the other week I went through my "fish box" and threw out a ton of needless stuff.... I always have 2 filters (and spare motors and impellers) , a spare heater and one of every part for my python. So far the only thing I haven't needed in a pinch is the spare heater....but I'm ready!

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    As soon as I throw something away, I'll need it immediately. I just know it! ;)

    -S

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    I keep 2 filters going all the time just in case one stops. I had one die on me once and it taught me to have backups. I keep 1 extra filter, 1 heater, 1 air pump, and hoses.
    Steve
    50 Gallon -
    Endlers | Guppies | Blue Eyed Rice | Celestial Pearl Danios | Threadfin Rainbows | Peacock Gudgeon | Bronze Cory's
    Albino Cory's | Nerite Snails | Ghost Shrimp

  8. #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stingrayg4 View Post
    As soon as I throw something away, I'll need it immediately. I just know it! -S
    Yes, but if you never throw anything away, how will you know you need it?
    When in doubt, do a water change.

    "This ain't rocket science!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stingrayg4 View Post
    As soon as I throw something away, I'll need it immediately. I just know it! ;)

    -S
    Half my storage area was filled with fish and plant bags....you never know when you'll need a fish bag! I could have started a small shop with the number of bags I had!

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