01-28-2010, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Fish
I will clean out my CANNISTER tonight.
I have been told to simply rinse it in tank water! I am assuming that means declorinated clean water?
There is algae inside my Hoses! I am sure that will be fun to clean.
Do any of you clean out the filter pad in the cannister or do you toss them? I have been tossing them.
Normally the filter media should be rinsed in tank water or declorinated tap water; this prevents killing all the bacteria. However, I have never done this. There is a far greater number of bacteria throughout the tank--on every surface covered by water--that in the filter, particularly in a planted tank, and besides plants use the ammonia/ammonium before it gets to most bacteria anyway.
I never toss the filter pads unless they start to fall aprat such that the water can get around them rather than going through them, in which case they lose their usefulness at removing particulate matter.
Hoses: I remove mine from the filter and tank, put them in the bathtub, and turn on the hot water and run it in one end and it drains out the other, then I reverse ends. This will loosen some of the algae and gunk, but I usually have to get the water moving back and forth rapidly, so I keep one end closed (the end with the canister filter piece) and by mouth create movement in the tube. It loosens all of it and it rinses out.