How Often To Clean Out Hang On Back Filter?

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by Pleco76, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Pleco76

    Pleco76New MemberMember

    Hi, I have a HOB filter in my 20gal tank with 1 Sailfin Pleco in it. I clean my tank usually twice a week, and my filter gets that slimy stuff in it all the time. I was just wondering if I should take it apart and clean it every time I clean my tank or otherwise? Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. Wet Pets

    Wet PetsNew MemberMember

    Once every two weeks is good, the slimy stuff is noting to worry about.
     
  3. AllieSten

    AllieStenFishlore VIPMember

    Be sure to not rinse anything in tap water. Use the dirty tank water. That way it won't mess with your cycle at all.
     




  4. Al913

    Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Agree with above!

    Also don't throw the cartridge out untill its falling apart.

    Do you have a bigger tank planned for it? I hope you know, sailfins get 18 inches long :) You will need at least a 6 feet tank!
     




  5. ashenwelt

    ashenweltWell Known MemberMember

    You know if you use a pre filter it dramatically reduces shrimp losses and it reduces cleaning needs of a hob. Often can go a month without a touch. Just visual inspeinspection.
     
  6. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    With that kind of bioload in a 20g, I would be rinsing out my media at least once or twice a week and cleaning out my unit entirely at least once a month.
     
  7. OP
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    Pleco76

    Pleco76New MemberMember

    Thank you!!
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Pleco76

    Pleco76New MemberMember

    Ok, thank you! I'll be sure to do that
     
  9. OP
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    Pleco76

    Pleco76New MemberMember

    Yes, I am planning to get a 150 gal in the next while. Thank you!
     
  10. OP
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    Pleco76

    Pleco76New MemberMember

    Thank you!! I'll definitely look into that!
     
  11. OP
    OP
    Pleco76

    Pleco76New MemberMember

    Thank you! That's what I am doing right now :)
     
  12. Al913

    Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    It's gonna look magnificent!
     




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