Do I Rinse New Media In Tap Water

Z123Killer

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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?
 

Ste

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You could.. or if u don't its fine, but better rinse it with pond water (clear) or aged water.. don't rinse it with chlorinated water
 

Aquaboy

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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.
 
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Z123Killer

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Aquaboy said:
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.
So can I rinse it with tap water that is chlorinated or no?
 

Punkin

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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!
 

AllieSten

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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.
 

Ste

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Z123Killer said:
So can I rinse it with tap water that is chlorinated or no?
Better with aged water.. it can also collect beneficial bacterias
 

AngelTheGypsy

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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.
 

Eddison Green

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I've had bad problems with tap water. Just do it in your old tank water
 
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Z123Killer

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Eddison Green said:
I've had bad problems with tap water. Just do it in your old tank water
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.
 

Eddison Green

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If you just started it why are you rinsing your media?
 

AngelTheGypsy

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The instructions say to, to remove dust and debris from manufacturing and packaging.
 

Eddison Green

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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.
 

MaddieTaylah

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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.
 

goldface

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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.
 
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