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post #1 of 4 Old 11-02-2011, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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4 Days between filter chages?

After 4 days I had to change the filter material in my aquarium. I noticed there were black plastic strips on it and it was dirty. The filter was clogged up. I cleaned it out and turned it around and put it back in and everything else turned out okay.
Is four days a normal life between cleaning the filter?
I am also wondering about the plastic coil shaped pieces on the filter. They looked like something that may have been left inside the pump when they built it. I think it was probably made in China like most things here.
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-02-2011, 05:38 PM
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What type of filter, what size tank?

I had a bacterial "scum" issue in my planted 55 gallon due to a nutrient overabundance, and for a few weeks I was cleaning my clogged canister out every three to five days. It's not normal, but sometimes it happens.

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-02-2011, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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I did learn that you cannot just rinse out the white filter material and put it back in. I had to change it this morning again after the filter clogged up again.
I am going to get a new 10 gallon setup as soon as I can get the approval for it. There will be a different type of filter for that one. I am using artificial plants.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-03-2011, 12:00 AM
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Make sure when you rinse it, you use tank water to help keep the beneficial bacteria. If you clean the tank, gravel and filter all at the same time it can put you in a mini cycle.

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