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No more HOBs for me....

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No more HOBs for me....

Post by Biulu on Tue May 05, 2015 12:13 pm

We came back Sunday evening from a quick unexpected family visit in Mexico and in one of the tanks I found a disaster. All the fish but 2 micro danios and the male gudgeon had survived the massacre.

Probable reason: apparently there was a power outage and the HOB didn't start back up. And even the plants in my tank didn't help. This is a divided tank and the other side wasn't affected reinforcing my idea that it was the HOB.

The person feeding the fish probably hadn't seen it and even so, wouldn't have known what to do. So, i have decided that these HOBs are going to be replaced.

I am currently looking into the matten filters again or otherwise sponge filters for the smaller tanks.
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Post by l_l_l on Tue May 05, 2015 12:45 pm

This is the exact reason why I no longer have hob filters.
Sorry to hear your loss.

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Re: No more HOBs for me....

Post by fish lady on Tue May 05, 2015 1:09 pm

So sorry for your loss
I have used hobs on my tank and on them tanks sponge filter or internal were used as well just in case
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Re: No more HOBs for me....

Post by GaryE on Tue May 05, 2015 7:26 pm

Ouch.
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Re: No more HOBs for me....

Post by Starfish on Tue May 05, 2015 8:18 pm

Sorry about your troubles. Sometimes my canister doesn't like to start after being off. Gives me some worry. I had to Google the matten filter as I had never heard of them. They look interesting.
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Re: No more HOBs for me....

Post by Fores41 on Wed May 06, 2015 8:24 am

Sorry about your loss
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Re: No more HOBs for me....

Post by guppyguy on Wed May 06, 2015 10:21 am

That is terrible news. But one of the many reasons why I use the suction cup type sponge filters. There cheap, easy to maintain, easy to clean, perfect for small tanks and always come back on with the air pump after a power outage.

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Re: No more HOBs for me....

Post by Biulu on Wed May 06, 2015 10:49 am

Yep! I am now looking into this:

http://angelsplus.com/FiltersCustom.htm

Just need a way to get them to me....
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Re: No more HOBs for me....

Post by guppyguy on Wed May 06, 2015 8:30 pm

Biulu wrote:Yep! I am now looking into this:

http://angelsplus.com/FiltersCustom.htm

Just need a way to get them to me....

There really great filters i hear and great site you found.

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Re: No more HOBs for me....

Post by vince0 on Tue May 19, 2015 3:54 pm

Do it. I turned away from hob in all my tanks a year ago and never looked back. My power bill also went down...
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Re: No more HOBs for me....

Post by Sbenson11 on Tue May 19, 2015 5:42 pm

What's with all the hating on HOB filters Smile

I have to say I am not feeling the love from mine as of late either, I had one half empty a 55G tank onto the floor of my office last year. Not to mention the "I don't want to restart after a power outage" problem.

Been real tempted to put on my DIY hat and come up with a canister filter out of a 5gal bucket for some time now, maybe next winter.

Sorry for the loss Biulu, it's never a fun day when this type of thing happens.

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