RINSING FILTERS

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how often do you rinse your filter

  1. twice a week

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  2. once a week

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  3. every 2 weeks

    15.7%
  4. every month

    19.6%
  5. whenever it is needed

    52.9%
  1. dano569

    dano569 Member Member

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    i was gonna see how often and how everyone rinses their filters. ;)
     

  2. dahly

    dahly Member Member

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    My tank has been running for 3 months now and I rinsed the plastic filter for just the second time last night. I wasn't too dirty and compared to the first time I did it after 6 weeks. I do plan however to rinse every month from now on. If it seem to need more, Ill do it more. It's really pretty easy and I change water twice a week anyway. I will say, the fish seemed delighted with the rinse. The White Skirts were flying around the tank! :D
     

  3. Gunnie

    Gunnie Well Known Member Member

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    When the flow gets sluggish I usually rinse them a bit.
     
  4. Butterfly

    Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

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    About once a month in tank water. ;D
    Carol
     
  5. Jason

    Jason Well Known Member Member

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    I have to do it about once a week or whenever the flow is slow
     
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    dano569

    dano569 Member Member

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    j-man,do you rinse with aquarium water?
     
  7. Jason

    Jason Well Known Member Member

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    At first i didn't but now I changed to rinsing with aquarium water. I dont when i'm medicating though in case their might be bad bacterial still in the water
     
  8. MagpieTear

    MagpieTear Well Known Member Member

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    Whenever I do a water change, squish it out in a bucket of freshly drained water. Seems the coarser sponge never has anything but bits of java Moss and leftover brine shrimp in it, but the polishing pad is nasty, even after just a week.
     
  9. MissMTS

    MissMTS Fishlore VIP Member

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    I do it about once a month with aquarium water
     
  10. Sabi

    Sabi Well Known Member Member

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    me too.
    Me 3.....

    Also, sometimes twice a week and once a month!lol!
     

  11. MelyBu

    MelyBu Member Member

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    More like, Whenever I can remember. LOL. Which is probably about once a month. I use tap water despite fishlore's better judgement. :;tea The main black spongs is always clean, but the other small sponges are :eek:
     
  12. capekate

    capekate Fishlore VIP Member

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    Hi Melybu
    are you aware that when you wash out your sponge in tap water you are killing off your beneficial bacteria? Its never a good idea to get rid of that 'good' bacteria. Why not just rinse the sponge in the bucket of tank water you use when doing a water change? ;)

    :;bananapc ~ kate
     
  13. COBettaCouple

    COBettaCouple Fishlore Legend Member

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    Ours get rinsed in tank water each week with the PWC & tank cleaning.
     
  14. peter

    peter Member Member

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    Both filters once a month.
     
  15. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Well Known Member Member

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    I clean mine once every other year just to be safe..... :;smack
     
  16. tan.b

    tan.b Well Known Member Member

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    used to do it every week, but as it was never that dirty and was concerned i was messing about with the good bacteria unnecessarily i changed to when the flow is sluggish....easy to spot as the filter blows less bubbles!!
     
  17. Peterpiper

    Peterpiper Well Known Member Member

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    Only clean the filter once a month, we have a marine tank that is lightly stocked.
    as each tank is different, ie volume, stocking levels, type of filter etc, the cleaning of the filter would depend on the tank setup.
    A tip for people using canister filters, we have installed a tee and 2 valves in the return line, so after a filter clean we flush the filter and run the first 15-20lt into a bucket. By doing this we dont get that little cloud of crud going back into the tank when the filter is turned back on..
     
  18. hssea

    hssea Well Known Member Member

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    when the flow slows down
     
  19. tan.b

    tan.b Well Known Member Member

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    true.....my tank with the pleco certainly has more filter cleans than my other tank!
     
  20. David C

    David C Well Known Member Member

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    every other week seems to keep the filters decently clean... and as long as the water flow isnt suffering...
     

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