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Old 01-11-2014, 01:31 PM   #1
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Hi I recently set up my 65 gallon FOWLR tank three days ago, but the pump just makes too much noise. I'm going to switch it, and that would mean the water not being filtered for about 12 hours. Would that mess up the cycling in the tank? Kill the beneficial bacteria?

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Old 01-11-2014, 08:03 PM   #2
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Do you have a heater in there? And a power head? If so that will be fine as long as there is movement. If you don't have a power head you probably need one anyway...
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:11 PM   #3
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No I don't have a heater and yes I have a power head, but it won't be shooting water out because we are switching the pumps.
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You are going to need to get yourself a heater to keep a saltwater tank in the temp range needed...you will also need to keep the water moving with a powerhead so there is oxygen in the water column.
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I live in the tropics so it's always hot and the temperature in my house is always 76-78 degrees. Even in the winter, the average temperature is 80 degrees outside. I have gotten away with out a heater before and my fishes have been fine, but thank you for your concern
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I do have a power head, but my question is is it okay to turn out the pump for 12 hrs to replace it with a quieter one? Meaning that there will be no water movement for only 12 hours during the cycling with live rock.
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If there is nothing alive in the tank due to trying to cycle, yes you can get away with it. If there is anything in there alive at all, don't even attempt. I've lost livestock to just having power outages for 3 hours before.
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No nothing alive in there! And I'm so sorry did they die because they had no oxygen in the water from no water movement?
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Yes, oxygen is important for all of us it turns out.
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