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triona coyle
« on: April 19, 2010, 09:57:29 AM »

I have a cold water fish tank do i need to keep the pump/filter running at all times?
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Re: maintenance
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2010, 01:51:47 PM »

YES! You MUST keep that thing running ALL the time!! If not, harmful toxins begin to build up and they will KILL your fish!

Also: Maintaining a filter: You need to change the filter cartridges once a month.
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Re: maintenance
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2010, 02:56:03 PM »

Yes, unless you are changing the water in your tank. Then it could be advisable to unplug the filter/pump for your own safety.
But unlike other people might think, it shouldn't EVER by no circumstances be turned off over night. Especially in a goldfish tank as these are incredibly messy fish.

There is of course the idea that it might help the fish feed in peace if you turn it off only for a few minutes during feeding times, but this is only in case your fish would be more comfortable this way.
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Re: maintenance
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2010, 08:00:57 AM »

We do run the filter ALL the time, so the airstone. They are only switched off when we do the water change.
Nossie already mentioned that Goldfish are very messy, as they eat a lot and create waste accordingly.
To keep your tank water clear it is very important to have the filter running all the time, normally your fish shouldn't worry too much about this. In an average sized tank there should be enough room for your fish where they are not disturbed with water turbulences or small currents.
Do they show any discomfort?

We also provide an airstone, about 20cm long at the back of the tank. Our fishies just LOVE those airbubbles... like toys...

So, good filtration and good aeration is very important for Goldfish... and sure you know about water parameters... Wink
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