2nd Hand / Used Filter

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Hi im setting up a tank and have purchased a 2nd hand filter a fluval one, it is used and has sponges/media inside, the filter and media is pretty dirty should i chuck away the old media and clean the filter out really good, then is it safe to use? Will it have any harmful stuff on it as its 2nd hand or? Like i said its obviously been used as it needs a good clean is it safe?
 

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I personally would, you never know what the previous owner may have had in the filter, and there can be diseases that aren't worthy of the risk to take into your own tank
Clean the filter, rinse it in hot water, you could even run it in water mixed with some vinegar to kill bacteria.
 
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