Hi friends, after complete cycle i just cleaned my bio filter... I'm afraid of amonia spike.... Is cleaning bio filter affect tank parameters....I'm new to this... Can anybody tell me whether it affect ??? I mean does cleaning sponge and ceramic rings kill bio bact??
It shouldn’t do as long as you just give them a rinse in some old tank water. When I clean mine I just give them a quick rinse and squeeze out - they don’t need to be back to the condition they were in when they were new.
- Only clean biomedia (sponge and rings) when the filter is almost clogged.
- Squeezing out the sponge 1-2x in tankwater in a bucket is enough.
- Cleaning rings and thoroughly rinsing the sponges doesn't kill bacteria but removes a majority which then are lost.