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Need a little more information Amder. Are you talking about a filter that hangs on the back of your tank, a canister filter with hoses, or a wet/dry open filter.
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when should I change the filter media? (Besides the cycling cork-screw looking things.. sorry don’t know the exact name LOL!)
 

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As @finnipper59 said more info is needed.

The way I do it is I have both HOB bio wheels and canisters on all our aquariums. One week I clean the HOB and the next week I clean the canisters.
 
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Sorry! I have a canister that hangs on the back of the tank. It has 3 sections for the filter media as well. I believe it’s a black back, a sponge, and then the little cork screw looking things. Thanks!
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Need a little more information Amder. Are you talking about a filter that hangs on the back of your tank, a canister filter with hoses, or a wet/dry open filter.
 
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Sorry my fault! I have a canister that hangs on the back of the tank. I have 3 spots: a black baggy, a sponge, and the cork screw looking things. Sorry if this doesn’t make sense.. I’m not sure what the exact names of them are. I just know never to change those cork screw things but I haven’t changed the other things in quite some time..
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As @finnipper59 said more info is needed.

The way I do it is I have both HOB bio wheels and canisters on all our aquariums. One week I clean the HOB and the next week I clean the canisters.
 

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Amber Fuschetto said:
Sorry my fault! I have a canister that hangs on the back of the tank. I have 3 spots: a black baggy, a sponge, and the cork screw looking things. Sorry if this doesn’t make sense.. I’m not sure what the exact names of them are. I just know never to change those cork screw things but I haven’t changed the other things in quite some time..
Rinse the sponge, change the black bags (carbon) at least every 3 weeks. I recharge my carbon every other week.
 
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Rinse the sponge, change the black bags (carbon) at least every 3 weeks. I recharge my carbon every other week.
that won’t harm my fish by changing the carbon correct? I trust you completely I just want to make sure because when I first started out I did everyone wrong Lol. Thanks so much again
 

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Amber Fuschetto said:
that won’t harm my fish by changing the carbon correct? I trust you completely I just want to make sure because when I first started out I did everyone wrong Lol. Thanks so much again
As long as you are fully cycled and just rinse the sponge, changing he carbon will not cause you any issues. Carbon looses its effectiveness after a few weeks of use. Many people do not us it at all and add more bio media.

Keep in mind that any time you change anything with the filtration there is the chance of disturbing the cycle. This is one of the reasons I run multiple filters on our aquariums, and service them on rotation.
 

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Just remember to rince everything, use dechlorinated water. Just put your sponge in a bucket or large bowl and squish it a fet times.
 
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Thunder_o_b said:
As long as you are fully cycled and just rinse the sponge, changing he carbon will not cause you any issues. Carbon looses its effectiveness after a few weeks of use. Many people do not us it at all and add more bio media.

Keep in mind that any time you change anything with the filtration there is the chance of disturbing the cycle. This is one of the reasons I run multiple filters on our aquariums, and service them on rotation.
Awesome thanks for help help!
 
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finnipper59 said:
Just remember to rince everything, use dechlorinated water. Just put your sponge in a bucket or large bowl and squish it a fet times.
Sounds good thanks for the advice! :)
 
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