20 Gallon Tank Dirty filter!

cloverpile

Still going thru my fishless cycle and my filter has already clogged up with brown looking muck on the cartridge and sponge it came with. I was wondering if I could just rinse those two in some water (in a separate bowl of course)) from my aquarium and put it back in place? Would that take away any beneficial bacteria from my cycle if there is any in the filter?
 

FishPlanet

Still going thru my fishless cycle and my filter has already clogged up with brown looking muck on the cartridge and sponge it came with. I was wondering if I could just rinse those two in some water (in a separate bowl of course)) from my aquarium and put it back in place? Would that take away any beneficial bacteria from my cycle if there is any in the filter?
I Rinse it out.
 

Rose of Sharon

Only rinse it in tank water. Don't rinse it in tap water. That would kill off the beneficial bacteria on the filter sponge and the cartridge.
 

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