Cleaning New Canister

  1. Pishies

    Pishies Valued Member Member

    My tanks have recently finished cycling, yay!

    I used fish food flakes to cycle.

    No fish have been in the tank yet.

    Should i clean out the canister sponges now in old tank water (its been running for about 6 weeks) or wait until after i introduce fish? I havent used a canister before and don't want to clean it unnecessarily or disturb the new cycle.

  2. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    Giving this a bump up for you
  3. bigdreams

    bigdreams Well Known Member Member

    I am not a fan of using food flakes to cycle, it could introduce water mold into your tank.

    I would "practice" cleaning your canister if you have time. You say it your first time with a canister filter, might as well practice taking it apart, making sure no leaks when you put it back together while there are no fish in the tank. I don't think you need to clean the sponges... But wouldn't hurt rinsing them in old tank water (not tap water) in case the flakes have collected there.
  4. JesseMoreira06

    JesseMoreira06 Well Known Member Member

    it'll be completely fine to clean it , as long as you clean it in aquarium water, do NOT clean it in tap water.

    I clean my canister filters and HOB every two weeks but I do water changes weekly.