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Changing Aquarium Filter...But How?
Old 10-09-2011, 02:33 AM   #1
 
Changing Aquarium Filter...But How?

So it's been about a month with my filter cartridge and I'm thinking about changing it soonish. I've been reading a bunch of stuff online about cutting the filter open and dumping the carbon out and adding new carbon...that seems a little extreme if you ask me...can't you just buy a new one and replace it? I have the Aquean Quietflow one. If you have any questions on what it looks like, visit this link where there are plenty of pictures.

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The 4th picture down shows the bio-grid (blue) with the filter inside. So do I just remove the white floss filter from the blue grid and put a brand new one in or will that start a new mini cycle? Or do I do what the internet says and cut it at the top and replace the carbon part.

Anything else I need to know about putting a new filter in?
Thanks!
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:02 AM   #2
 
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Hi Jordyn,

No need to replace the filter medium unless it is falling apart (doubtful after one month). All you need to do is rinse it in some tank water after you do a water change and plop it back in.
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:20 AM   #3
 
Most hobbyists here, myself included, do not typically use carbon except for special cases (to remove chemicals or tannin's or such). It has a very short effective life span.
If I was you, as Romad indicated, I would simply periodically rinse the filter cartridge in tank or treated water (not in the tank!) and use until it can't be used any more.

Also, the other poster (with the pictures) was confused. Beneficial bacteria require an infrastructure to attach to which is why various types of bio-media become quite beneficial. Admittedly, the plastic grid is prolly slightly less effective than more porous (rough surface) materials, but still has value.
I've even heard of sumps filled with inexpensive plastic pot scrubbers to effect a bio-filtration infrastructure instead of bio-balls.
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:33 AM   #4
 
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I would remove the carbon and use as is. Like suggested...when you do water changes...take some of the water from the tank in a bucket and just clean the filter and replace. If the filter seems like it won't last very long before breaking down and falling apart you can likely find something to replace it with that will last much longer but unless that is the case I wouldn't replace it.
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:52 PM   #5
 
Gotcha! So I will not need to replace the whole filter? Just take it out, rinse it in a bucket with tank water and then put it back in? Awesome! How often would I need to buy a whole new filter to put in there?
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:00 PM   #6
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Like they said once it starts falling apart or you can no longer rinse it good enough to allow good water flow
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:02 PM   #7
 
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Like they said once it starts falling apart or you can no longer rinse it good enough to allow good water flow
Okay, thanks a bunch! :)
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:06 PM   #8
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Oh btw skip the cartridge filters and just go with the bulk blue filter floss you can get and just cut to size, will do same thing for fraction of the cost.
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Oh btw skip the cartridge filters and just go with the bulk blue filter floss you can get and just cut to size, will do same thing for fraction of the cost.
Sounds good, thanks for the help! I'm sure you will be answering another one of my questions soon, haha. I ask them frequently!
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