The most likely cause is that the air pipes of the filter are disconnected or blocked or the air pump has broken down (See Q1). Once the pipes are cleared or reconnected or the pump has been repaired or replaced – the filter will work again and the tank will clear.
Why is my aquarium filter not pumping water?
The most common issue when there is no suction in the filter is that there is a clog somewhere along the line. If you can hear the filter motor running, but you can see no visible suction, then chances are that you have got yourself a clogged intake tube, impeller, or outtake tube.
Why is my filter not blowing bubbles?
The tubing may be kinked, or may be obstructed by algae buildup. The air stone may be blocked by algae buildup. If you are running this into an undersand filter, it may be clogged and need cleaning (This is a pain because you need to remove all the sand first).
How do I know if my water filter is working?
While a sudden change in the taste, odor, or color of your water can indicate that your filter is failing, high levels of important contaminants, such as pathogens, arsenic, lead, and nitrates, are not observable to your senses. The only way to truly know whether or not your filter is working is to test your water.
Will my fish be OK without a filter for a day?
A fish live without a filter for a maximum of seven days and a minimum of three days. A filter helps clean the water over and over again, so the toxins in it don’t settle down.
Should my filter be making bubbles?
It is normal for aquarium filters to form some bubbles. However, if your filter is producing more bubbles than it usually does, then it is a cause for concern.
Should aquarium filter always be on?
Filters need to be kept on at all times to remain effective. The most important part of the filter is the bacteria that lives in it and breaks down the ammonia that the fish produce. Without this bacteria, the aquarium would require fresh water every few days to prevent ammonia related illness.
How often should you change the water in a fish tank without a filter?
You should do a 25% water change every two to four weeks. There is no reason to remove the fish during the water change. Make sure you stir the gravel or use a gravel cleaner during the water change. When adding water back in to the aquarium, use Tetra AquaSafe® to remove the chlorine and chloramine.
How often should you clean your aquarium filter?
The general rule of thumb is to clean your aquarium filter, regardless of type, once every month (four weeks). Though, you want to wait at least a week from your last cleaning, of the tank or filter, before your next session to help your fish adjust to the new conditions in the tank.
How long should you run an air pump in a fish tank?
A recent study stated that aeration for 4 hours is sufficient to deal with the surface tension of the fish tank. The size of the tank affects it.