Your away and your overtop filter fails to work. The water levels got too low or something else. Anyhow, your house sitter has to get it started again otherwise the fish could die. While the water is unfiltered, the ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels go sky high and the water will become cloudy -if nothing is done. It is critical that the filters are always working.
What a Filter Does
An aquarium filter removes dangerous substances from the aquarium water. The water accumulates wastes from the fish which decompose and create different toxins in the water. Some of these toxins include: nitrates, nitrite, and ammonia. Further the ph will go down as the water becomes dirty – if it’s unfiltered. The acidity of the lowered ph will be deadly for your fish. The filter will effectively remove theses toxins- which if in high enough levels will kill your fish.
Daily Monitoring of Overtop Filters
Make sure your house sitter is aware of the overtop filters and monitors that they are spilling into the aquarium every day. If the overtop filters are not functioning there are 5 steps to re-start your filters.
Steps to Re-start to Overtop Filters
- 1. Unplug– First, unplug the filter cords from the power outlet, they should be marked with blue tape.
- 2. Refill Evaporated Water– Fill up the aquarium with water and leave about 1 inch of empty space from the top.
- 3. Refill Filter Canisters– Take an 8 oz cup and fill up the overtop filter canisters with water so that the water is spilling out.
- 4. Plug in– After making sure the outlets are all dry, go ahead and plug in the overtop filter canisters.
- 5. See that they are Working– After a few minutes they should start functioning again. Make sure the house sitter waits and sees that they are working and spilling into the aquarium again. Once they start splashing and working your good to go.