Clean Or Replace Filter Cartridges?

natureandwildlife

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The instructions on my filter is to replace the filter cartridge with a new one every month, but I don't want to dispose of the beneficial bacteria. Could I just rinse it under water then put the same one back in the filter? Do I need to use aquarium water? Or will tap water work?
I plan to change my filter media to something better in the future.
 

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@natureandwildlife , the link that skavatar posted will give you all the info you need about your cartridge, how to keep the cycle going, and show you effective and inexpensive waysto add other media to the filter for improved biological and mechanical filtration.

The cartridges can be swished/rinsed until it starts to impede flow and there is a concern for overflow.

Or follow skavatar's link and @Donthemon 's advice.
 
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