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Old 11-06-2011, 12:07 PM   #1 
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filter, to be or not to be?

I have a 5 gallon with a heater and filter, but my sister can't sleep the filter running so is it all right to turn the filter off at night?
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:25 PM   #2 
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No usually It's not okay because the bacteria that grow in the filter, the good bacteria, need the movement provided by the filter. So when you turn it on and off like that, you simply grow bacteria, then kill them, and when you turn it back on, you flood the tank with dead bacteria and ammonia, you have to either leave it on, or not use it at all.
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:48 PM   #3 
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+1. What's the problem with the filter? Too noisy?
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:58 PM   #4 
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If you try to baffle it, you can probably cut down on the noise, my 10 gal is baffled, with two filters ( divided 3 ways ) and I used sponge/waterbottle together and the filters are pretty much quiet. You could try doing that to keep it quiet.
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sponge filter?
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:58 AM   #6 
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What is making noise? Is it the water splashing or is it making a vibration noise? If it is the water splashing you can try raising the water level or using an aquarium sponge to baffle the outflow..If it is vibrationg you can stick something soft inbetween the tank and the filter like a sponge or towel and that should help. A sponge filter would work nice too but some airpumps can be noisy...I would read reviews on any airpump you decide to go with and make sure it is quiet...sticking it on something like a towel helps with the vibration noise with airpumps too.
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umm I have an air pump I think and thats the loud part.
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:48 PM   #8 
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hey if I don't use the filter should I do 100% water changes once a week?
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:59 PM   #9 
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hey if I don't use the filter should I do 100% water changes once a week?
Use the filter. You can get bubble wrap and lay it up under some poster board under the filter over the lip of the tank. You can use said same bubble wrap wrapped a couple layers around cardboard to support and silence the air pump.
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