Changing sponge filter
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » Changing sponge filter

Changing sponge filter

This is a discussion on Changing sponge filter within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> How often can a sponge filter be used before it needs changing? I realize that a lot has to do with bio-load, size of ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Black Darter Tetra
Black Darter Tetra
Twig Catfish
Twig Catfish
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
Changing sponge filter
Old 04-13-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
 
trapperwolves's Avatar
 
Changing sponge filter

How often can a sponge filter be used before it needs changing? I realize that a lot has to do with bio-load, size of tank, type of sponge, etc. I was just wondering if there was a ball park time frame or if there was some way to tell?
I am currently changing mine about every 2 months when it starts looking kind of worn. I would think they would last longer than that.

Thanks
trapperwolves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2012, 10:25 PM   #2
 
what kinda sponge filter is it? I have mine for a few month are the only thing i do Is vaccume it when i do water change i never removed it nor cleaned it troughly since you could loose alot of good bacteria.
Maxillius is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2012, 02:47 AM   #3
 
I only change mine about every 4 months ( I run 2 sponges) and only change 1 at a time. But I rinse the sponges out in tank water at the time I do my weekly water changes once a month.
Chris7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2012, 10:42 AM   #4
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Are you talking basic sponge filters, like the Elite or the Hydro? I never change them unless they come apart, which mine haven't in many years. Just rinse it every week during the water change.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
 
trapperwolves's Avatar
 
Yes-I am talking about basic sponge filters. It seems that after a couple of months my sponge filters looks really dirty or worn. After cleaning they look kind of compressed or not as thick as they once were, even after being placed back in the tank. I was not sure if the filter should be replaced at this point.

Thanks

Last edited by trapperwolves; 04-14-2012 at 02:31 PM..
trapperwolves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2012, 03:48 PM   #6
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by trapperwolves View Post
Yes-I am talking about basic sponge filters. It seems that after a couple of months my sponge filters looks really dirty or worn. After cleaning they look kind of compressed or not as thick as they once were, even after being placed back in the tank. I was not sure if the filter should be replaced at this point.

Thanks
What brand?
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2012, 12:15 AM   #7
 
trapperwolves's Avatar
 
I'm using a hydro sponge II in a 10 gallon tank.
trapperwolves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2012, 10:46 AM   #8
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by trapperwolves View Post
I'm using a hydro sponge II in a 10 gallon tank.
That should stand up for years. Every water change, take the sponge off and rinse it under the tap. I hold it under the water flow and slowly squeeze and release repeatedly until the squeezed water runs clear, or reasonably clear.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2013, 04:06 AM   #9
 
Indy 56's Avatar
 
Changing sponge filter

I hope this helps...., About once a month, I take about a gallon of water out of my aquarium, and put it in a 5 gal bucket and very gently clean my sponge filter. This way I hopefully wont lose to much of the good bacteria. Then I add a product called Nutrafin Cycle, to the tank. I also add N C to the tank when I clean the tank. Some will argue that N C is not as good as another products that do the very same thing. Really?
It's up to you to decide what is best for your own situation. Good luck.
P.S.
I have a 36 gallon freshwater tank very tall. I have 4 Rainbow Tetra, 4 Black Néon Tetra, 3 Albino Aeneus Cory Cat (which just laid eggs) 1 Fiddler Crab,...yes that's right in fresh water.... 1 Female Betta.
Indy 56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Combine a Sponge Filter with an Undergravel Filter? Ridewithme38 Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 7 10-17-2011 12:49 PM
A sponge filter- without the sponge? redchigh DIY Aquarium 3 03-09-2010 08:27 AM
Changing the filter sponge? ruthirons Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 2 10-31-2008 09:19 PM
sponge filter and changing meds Sadie Tropical Fish Diseases 7 05-01-2007 05:06 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:23 AM.