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Impact of Removing Filter

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Hi everyone, so I noticed a minor leak in my eheim 2217 canister last night and made the decision to remove the canister until I could fix the leak. This was so that I could sleep properly.

Anyways, I will likely not have time to fix the issue for a couple of weeks. In the aquarium (65 gallons, 5 fancies), I still have a marineland c220 canister which has awful water flow and an internal fluval u4 which are both well established.

The eheim 2217 holds the most media and has been in the tank since day 1 (the other 2 filters were subsequently added).

Of course my concern is a cycle crash. I was fully cycled and had great metrics. 0 ammonia and nitrite and sub-20 nitrate.

Any ways I can alleviate the risk of a crash until I can "reinstall" the eheim? Also, the current media in the eheim will sit dry, so I assume all the good bacteria creation gets destroyed...?

This is a terrible situation as things were going well, but what can you do??

Any advice would be much appreciated.

thanks in advance!

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Hi Justin...how are you today? :hi

With regard to the established media in the defective filter...it may be worth putting this in a section of stocking/panty hose, and dangle it in the tank. This should hopefully retain/preserve the friendly BB in the media until the filter is back up and running.....

A few extra water changes may be necessary to maintain the cycle....I dare say some of the Mods could more accurately advise you on that...good luck!!

Just a thought!! :idea

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With regard to the established media in the defective filter...it may be worth putting this in a section of stocking/panty hose, and dangle it in the tank. This should hopefully retain/preserve the friendly BB in the media until the filter is back up and running.....

This is what I would recommend as well.

However, I do not think that this could go beyond 2-3 days. With your stocking level, the system won't be able to keep going for 2 weeks. While hanging the media in the tank for two weeks is a good salvage choice, it isn't the most optimal solution, and I don't think that it will be able to keep up. It certainly won't be able to keep up with the waste removal. You would have to do water changes daily, I would think. In think case, it might be worth it to: 1) buy a temporary filter (such as an AC110), or 2) just hunker down and fix the thing ASAP.

Let us know how goes, please.

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ok, will try fix tonight. The media would have been sitting dry all day, so I have likely lost the good bacteria, but will see what happens. thanks for the help guys.

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