My filter is off for longer than that when I clean it so your filter should be fine. After all, the filter has now been running a total of 9 weeks (6 weeks in a populated tank and 3 weeks in an empty tank). You would probably have been better off with a small fish load at the start to keep the filter ticking over. You're probably doing the filter more harm than good by not having any fish in there.AdAndrews said:the filter was off for all of 30mins if that,
Dave Spencer said:chuck the kit in the bin.
bacteria die off at a rate of approximately 9-10% per day, and the population would be back up to size within a few daysDan Crawford said:How long was the filter off for when you rescaped? If it's over a few hours then most of your bacteria would have died of and you need to repopulate it.
Adding some ammonia in a brand new tank would speed things up a bit but they will almost always cycle since there is always some ammonia in tap water, there is bacteria on the gravel and decor, new or old and dying plants will excrete ammonia too.
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