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Old 06-15-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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I turned off my filter to feed my fish and forgot to turn it back on. It was off all night. I just did a major water change. Did all my hood bacteria die? Will I be starting a new fish in cycle? I turn it off because the filter blows the food around and they can't get it. There is much less waste and clean up if I turn it off. Help!
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Did the media stay wet? If so it should be fine. Just test a little more frequently over the next week or so.
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Did the media stay wet? If so it should be fine. Just test a little more frequently over the next week or so.
It is a side tank filter, so no. None of the filter media was in the water.
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Ok if it dried out you may experience a mini cycle. It could pass in a few days or weeks. It depends how much bacteria was killed of. What you'll need to do is keep a close eye on parameters and change the water as needed to keep ammonia and nitrite to a minimum.
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Ok if it dried out you may experience a mini cycle. It could pass in a few days or weeks. It depends how much bacteria was killed of. What you'll need to do is keep a close eye on parameters and change the water as needed to keep ammonia and nitrite to a minimum.
Thank u for the reassurance. I was so scared I was going to have to do a fish in cycle. I am fully stocked and would hate to have to start over. The bio filter was dry but the inner filters were a little damp so hopefully everyone will make it through this little hiccup!
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Ok if it dried out you may experience a mini cycle. It could pass in a few days or weeks. It depends how much bacteria was killed of. What you'll need to do is keep a close eye on parameters and change the water as needed to keep ammonia and nitrite to a minimum.
I'm very happy with all my fish so Im a little overprotective. Thank you for the reassurance.
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