I suppose cleaning and alternating cleaning your sponge under the tap is no different to replacing the sponge I'd still do a final rinse with prime thoughkallililly1973 said:98% of the time I clean my AC media in tank water but sometimes I will take the square sponge and really give it a heavy cleaning under the tap. But all my tanks have more than 1 filter so that is why my cycle isn't ever affected. Don't clean the ceramic or biological media under the tap always rinse that in the old tank water in a bucket.
The only reason I sometimes do the sponge is cause it gets very mucked up so the pressure of the tap cleans it out better than just wringing it out. Personal preference I guessAndy S said:
Yes, again for those who missed it.Marinus said:I'm going to be completely honest here. For many years I've rinsed my filter media with just tap water and I never had any issues. I am also of the mind that using tap water will not wipe out your bacteria colonies and personal experiences seems to support this, for me at least. I also find it interesting to note that Swiss Tropicals, who supplies Poret foam for mattenfilters and the like, also says in his FAQ about cleaning that it doesn't matter about using de-chlor water. Snippet from his website: "It does not matter if you use cold or chlorine-treated water! The often repeated notion that this process would kill all the filter organisms is complete nonsense, because the residual chlorine concentration in drinking water is way too low to kill them." FAQ - SWISSTROPICALS
That said I think that this idea about needing to clean your filter media with old tank water is probably going to persist and honestly if you don't know or trust what is in your water then it's probably the way to go.
Chlorine/chloramine costs money, so water companies don't add more than needed to bring the bacteria in the water to a safe level. They most certainly do not add so much that your tap water can be used as a disinfectant.richie.p said:Although I agree with jdhef I have new read the article in its entirety that GlennO attached and now wonder if it's ok to rinse in tap water, being sort of old school what's sticking in my mind is different companies and your wells produce water some with high chemicals in like chlorine/chloramine so where it's ok for some it may not be for others, so until I read a scientific report on it I think I'll stick with tank water, it will be interesting to see hoe others clean the filters
Not if you use a python.You probably could rinse out your filter in treated tap water, my question would be why would you want to? If you are doing regular water changes you should have plenty of old aquarium water to use - why use fresh?
With the AquaClear, technically the bacteria lives in the ceramic media so you may be able to get away with washing the sponge in tap water. You may loose a little bacteria initially, but if you wash it out weekly, the additional needed bacteria should set up camp in your ceramic media pretty quickly. I have a Fluval canister filter and always wash my sponges in tap water with no ill effects.NYCGOLD4 said:
Exactly, I have fluval 406 canisters on all my tanks and if I was rinsing the sponges and poly pads in a bucket full of tank water, with plant debris and dirt from the substrate than I'd be there all day. A couple squeezes of the sponge and the bucket is super murky, so than I'd need to dump that out and refill agian, and again, and again.....tjander said:Funny to come across this. I used to rinse under tap water. Then I read I should not do that, so I stopped. But TBT I never have seen a difference in either method.
The biggest problem I have in rinsing in tank water is in a 5 g bucket, one pre filter sponge gunks up the water after about 2 squeezes. After that I am just rinsing in dirty water. Suspend particles just get pulled back into the sponge.
I think going forward, it’s the Tap for sponges and tank water for the bio rings and more then likely tap for the filter media from the canister. Also I think I will use tank water to rinse out the canister. Interesting thread for sure.