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Old 07-28-2010, 09:34 PM   #1 
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Only Running Filter part of the Day?

Would it be okay to maybe only run my filters during the day? Like 12-hours on/ 12 off?

My guys seems to be doing alright with them running constantly, but I thought they might enjoy a break every now and then.

This is more regarding the ones in my 10-gallon tanks. The smaller ones really don't have enough flow to be an issue.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:25 PM   #2 
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short answer: no. if your tank is cycled, you will lose your cycle without the aeration and water movement. The water in your filter will become a toxic soup of dead bacteria the will pour back into the tank when you turn it on. If you think they need a break I would just create a baffle. (See the link in the habitat section).
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