Do I Rinse New Media In Tap Water

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Z123Killer, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Z123KillerWell Known MemberMember

    I am in the process of starting my new aquarium and my question is can I rinse the new filter media thar came with the filter in tap water before using? Or do I not rinse it?
  2. SteValued MemberMember

    You could.. or if u dont its fine, but better rinse it with pond water (clear) or aged water.. dont rinse it with chlorinated water
  3. AquaboyValued MemberMember

    Some instructions say rinse it, it can collect debris while in storage. Rinse it with any water you like when you start the filter add a prime it will de-chlorinate the water.
  4. Z123KillerWell Known MemberMember

    So can I rinse it with tap water that is chlorinated or no?
  5. PunkinWell Known MemberMember

    It's up to you but what I would do is dechlorinate some water in a bucket and rinse in that. That's my overly cautious opinion. :)

    Oh, and the buckets I use are for fish stuff only!
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  6. AllieStenFishlore VIPMember

    I would rinse it in dechlorinated water. Just to be on the safe side. Just fill up a bucket with a gallon of water and add dechlorinator to it. Rinse in there instead. You may find you need that water for other things as you set up.
  7. SteValued MemberMember

    Better with aged water.. it can also collect beneficial bacterias
  8. AngelTheGypsyFishlore VIPMember

    I honestly never though about it. I've always used plain tap water to rinse new stuff. There's no BB growing on it yet, so nothing to kill, and as soon as the filter starts running tank water in it it is dechlorinated. And I haven't had a problem getting it to cycle.
  9. Eddison GreenValued MemberMember

    I've had bad problems with tap water. Just do it in your old tank water
  10. Z123KillerWell Known MemberMember

    The tank was just started today so there is no old tank water. I ended up declorinating a gallon of water and rinsed the media in it.
  11. Eddison GreenValued MemberMember

    If you just started it why are you rinsing your media?
  12. AngelTheGypsyFishlore VIPMember

    The instructions say to, to remove dust and debris from manufacturing and packaging.
  13. Eddison GreenValued MemberMember

    Oh for the future. You can rinse in tap water no problem. Once your tank is cycled don't rinse in tap water only in old tank water.
  14. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    I don't see the problem with rinsing it in tap water initially, there is no BB to worry about until you cycle the tank.
  15. scarfaceFishlore VIPMember

    Media can get pretty dusty, so it wouldn't hurt. I just rinse it under faucet. If it's activated carbon definitely clean it out. Again, doesn't matter if it's straight untreated tap.