Originally Posted by mags2313
But please tell me, should i unplug my filter and take it right off the aquarium, clean the pump and the intake tube? I know my intake tube is gunked up but I don't have a brush yet so I was going to just replace the intake tube with a clean extra one from the box...
Uggh, sorry such a long post, I just don't know how to clean my filter!!
Well first off I have to ask exactly what kind of filter is it, there are some different methods of cleaning filters depending on exactly what kind of filter it is.
In general though you do want to pull the pump impeller (the propeller looking thing in the filter that pulls water up the intake tube) and give it a scrub. Nothing aggressive but give it a good wipe down with a paper towel. No soap, no cleaners, just wipe it with a damp paper towel. You wanna do that about once a month just to get in a good habit of doing it. Cleaning the filter tube, well that's largely a matter of taste. If you wanna clean it clean it, if not its not the end of the world.
The rest of the cleaning procedure will depend on what kind of filter it is. The name on the box the filter came in would help out a lot, baring that a picture would be good.