RINSING FILTERS

how often do you rinse your filter


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dano569

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

dahly

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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!
 

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

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About once a month in tank water. ;D
Carol
 

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I have to do it about once a week or whenever the flow is slow
 
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j-man,do you rinse with aquarium water?
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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I do it about once a month with aquarium water
 

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Gunnie said:
When the flow gets sluggish I usually rinse them a bit.
me too.
Butterfly said:
About once a month in tank water. ;D
Carol
Me 3.....

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

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

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

~ kate
 

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

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Both filters once a month.
 

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I clean mine once every other year just to be safe.....
 

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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!!
 

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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..
 

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when the flow slows down
 

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Peterpiper said:
as each tank is different, ie volume, stocking levels, type of filter etc, the cleaning of the filter would depend on the tank setup.
true.....my tank with the pleco certainly has more filter cleans than my other tank!
 

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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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