Filter Cartridges

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How often do you change your filter cartridges?

  1. Every 2 weeks

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  2. Monthly

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  3. Every Month and a half

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  4. Every 2 months

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  5. Never

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  6. Other...

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  1. EmpPleco Well Known Member Member

    Just Curious
     
  2. fish_r_friend Well Known Member Member

    monthly
     

  3. Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    When they wear out ;) I rinse mine in used tank water over and over until they wear out.
    I only have two tanks I use anykind of filter cartridge with, the rest I use sponges in the filters and you don't throw them away for years.
    Carol
     

  4. EmpPleco Well Known Member Member

    Butterfly, That is what I was figuring i should do, because my filter cartridge is still working good, but is 2 1/2 months old.. I was just gonna rinse it in the old tank water when I did my water change tonight and put it right back it ;)

    Thanks!
     

  5. Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    Thats fine when it wears out/water won't flow after rinsing you can replace it.
    Carol
     
  6. EmpPleco Well Known Member Member

    Thanks Butterfly!! I don't want to corrupt my good water quality, lol

    It's been at 0/0/5 for more than a month :)
     
  7. Jason Well Known Member Member

    I haven't changed mine yet and I ve had them (1st tank) for about 1yr
     
  8. newbie101 Well Known Member Member

    I just rinse them when they get dirty, haven't changed yet
     
  9. atmmachine816 Fishlore VIP Member

    i rinse mine now every week since angels are large waste producers
     
  10. newbie101 Well Known Member Member

    sigh...angels are so cool...but my tank isn't big enough
     
  11. Joe G Member Member

    I herd you should only change your filter when it becomes clogged. As i contails allot of good bacteria.
     
  12. Boxermom Member Member

    I never change my filters, but I don't use filter cartriges - just filter floss and sponges (and Purigen in a couple of tanks). They get a rinse-out in old tank water during my weekly water changes and that's it.
     
  13. dano569 Member Member

    i rinse mine in tank water every week and change them probably every month and a half to 3 months.