View Full Version : Switching the External Filter off everyday - wrong ?

10-13-2008, 3:48 PM
Hi Friends !

Just wanted to know if its ok to switch off my Eheim 2217 External filter everyday for about 15 to 20 mins ? Actually I switch it off while feeding because my fronts seem more comfortable eating without a water current...

Just wanted to know if its wrong ? Will it kill the bacteria or 20 mins is fine ?

Kindly advice and guide me...
Thanks !

10-13-2008, 3:52 PM
I see no problem, but can you not direct the water flow away to lessen the current? shutting it off for a short amount of time is not going to harm anything I believe, folks what do you think?

10-13-2008, 4:42 PM
No problem at all from what I'm reading .... just don't forget to turn it back on :D

10-13-2008, 4:43 PM
Thanks for the help and advice, friends !

Cory Keeper
10-13-2008, 5:03 PM
If it was me, I'd keep it running for fear of forgetting to turn it back on, I'm forgetful like that.

10-13-2008, 5:07 PM
Some people do turn off there filters when feeding. like posted, just don't forget to turn them back on.............:)

10-13-2008, 5:35 PM
I forgot once ,,,,,, thank goodness I run two filters :lol: but yep I forgot over night. duh !! LOL!!

10-13-2008, 6:13 PM
it should be fine dont forget. number one rule dont forget. socalidiscus found a timer like the ones where you turn the lights on for 15-30 mins at a time this one does a reverse. it turns it off and then turns it back on. i think i got that user name right lol might want to search and pm him and ask.

10-14-2008, 12:42 AM
I turn all my filters off during feeding. I just leave the canopy or lid open till I turn filters back on.

10-14-2008, 1:05 AM
well, I am in possession of may circuits... there is an automatic one that turns it back on after a little while http://www.aaroncake.net/circuits/relaytim.asp is a good one, just get a huge capacitor (500 uf) for c1 and reverse the relay(in other words have it setup to turn it off when the schematic says it is on)

10-14-2008, 8:45 AM
Yeah, as long as your bio stuff doesn't get dried out, you're fine. Oh, and you remember to turn it back on like was already mentioned a billion times. :)

10-14-2008, 12:55 PM
Thanks for the replies and for caring, friends ! I'll remember to switch it on for sure - tahnx again !!! :)

10-14-2008, 10:29 PM
If it where me, I would design some fluorescent type of a light that turns on when you turn off the filter that reads, Don't Forget! :) Or just have a real good memory.