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Looking to go filter free.

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Looking to go filter free.

Postby Daboo84 » Mon May 09, 2016 5:54 pm

Hi,
I have a 45 litre/10g tank with 7 cherry shrimp and 3 zebra snails.

The tank has been set up for a while, planted for about a 6 weeks and shrimp for about 3. The tank was already cycled before the shrimp went in.

The filter I am using is a stingray 15, originally for the Red comet I originally started with (they are now in a pond)

The water flow was too strong so I added some tights to avoid any shrimp fry getting sucked in and reduce flow etc.
The filter is now making silly noises as I presume it is struggling with the flow.

I've been looking up filtered tanks and seems to be a mixed bag.

I would presume with frequent water change it would be fine because of the low bio load but wanted to seek any advice first plz!!
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Re: Looking to go filter free.

Postby Graeme » Thu May 12, 2016 10:42 pm

Hello Daboo84 and welcome to the forum.

Your setup would have a very low bioload but rather than turn off the filter I would try and find out what's making the noise, fix it and put some fish in.

Can you put the filter media in some tank water, strip down the filter, clean it and put it all back together again. See if that fixes it.

Have you tried changing your tights? :jump: :lolflag

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Re: Looking to go filter free.

Postby Anita » Tue May 17, 2016 10:33 pm

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Re: Looking to go filter free.

Postby malakye » Wed May 25, 2016 7:14 pm

I would invest in either a smaller filter or air driven sponge filter simply because shrimp will soon die if ammonia builds up. Yes with your bio load being low it would be fine as long as its planted and aerated but better safe than sorry.
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