What’s On The Sponge Filter?

Ioana Dog
  • #1
The sponge on the left was replaced a couple weeks ago and the one on the right has been in there for about 2 months. Is the brown stuff on it algae? Should I rinse it in old tank water and put it back or throw it out?
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Ms rose
  • #2
looks like algea, I would just rinse in old tank water and put back
 
Ioana Dog
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
looks like algea, I would just rinse in old tank water and put back

Thank you. I’m surprised my otos haven’t taken care of it. Do they not like that type of algae?
 
Ms rose
  • #4
ell tbh I'm not very well versed in algeaa as iv never had any. to be fair iv only been running my taks a few months, but after a bath if you notice no change, put it back in and ask others what they think you should do. I feel a quick tank rinse should do it good though
 
Ms rose
  • #5
The sponge on the left was replaced a couple weeks ago and the one on the right has been in there for about 2 months. Is the brown stuff on it algae? Should I rinse it in old tank water and put it back or throw it out?View attachment 434019
it apeers to be brown algea.
maybe look up brown algae and see if its similar and whta to do to get rid of it
 
mattgirl
  • #6
Rinse it out in tank water and put it back. Your cycle (beneficial bacteria) lives on the sponge. Even if it is a bit of brown algae it shouldn't be a problem.
 
AquaticJ
  • #7
It's just brown algae, harmless and common. Also, is there a reason you replaced the sponge?
 
Ioana Dog
  • Thread Starter
  • #8
It's just brown algae, harmless and common. Also, is there a reason you replaced the sponge?

I took it to cycle another tank. All my tanks have an aquaclear and double sided sponge. How often should they be replaced anyway? Every now and then a rinse it in old tank water but haven’t actually thrown any out.
 
AquaticJ
  • #9
They should never be replaced unless they are literally falling apart. Or obviously used to seed another tank!
 

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