My Dad “cleaned” My Filter With Tap Water

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by 75g Discus Tank, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    Hello Fellow Fishlorians!

    My dad cleaned my filter with tap water. He did it for about 30 seconds before I caught him. I’ve told him time after time and he says that it’s fine and stuff.

    Would a washing be too much for the BB to handle?

    It’s a tetra PF large cartridge.
  2. Bogart16

    Bogart16Valued MemberMember

    The problem is the chlorine in the tap water is going to kill your bacteria. You'll want to watch the levels in your tank for the next few days. Worst case this will cause your tank to go through a mini cycle.
  3. OP
    75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    I have some bottled BB on hand if necessary. I will watch this tank very carefully.
  4. Bogart16

    Bogart16Valued MemberMember

    Alternatively, do you have some extra media in another tank? You could toss some cycled media in the tank with the washed filter. My experience has been that the bottled BB can be hit or miss.
  5. OP
    75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    Yeah, I have some other media, but t(e filter is pretty small and 8ndont think that there’s is enough physical space for the media in my filter.
  6. Arikat

    ArikatValued MemberMember

  7. Fashooga

    FashoogaFishlore VIPMember

    If it was just the one and you have plenty of media I'm sure it will be ok. If what he cleaned was your only source of might have a small problem.

    In the mean time you should look at destroying something of his...just kidding.