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Cleaning a sponge filter
Old 09-11-2011, 09:49 PM   #1
Cleaning a sponge filter

I got a sponge filter running for a couple of months now. I was wondering how often it needs to be cleaned. Is it enough to just wash the sponge in water?
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:56 PM   #2
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Cleaning a sponge filter is simple, all you need to do is squeeze it out in old aquarium water. I clean my sponge filters every few weeks or so.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:07 PM   #3
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whenever you do a water change, take one of the old buckets of water and squeeze it out inside of that. That way it keeps all the bacteria alive on it.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:46 PM   #4
u do it basically as much as it needs
u can check it every week or so its not that hard to tell most have handle type things u just pull it out look
if it needs it u clean it if not then don't

i usually do mine about every 9-10 days because i have angels and water quality is crucial to their growth

over feeding can lead to dirty water which will also lead to more frequent changes
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:56 AM   #5
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Start out weekly, during the partial water change; if the sponge is dirty, then do it weekly. In my 10g and 29g tanks I do it weekly, as it collects a lot of stuff. The 20g only has a small shoal of tiny fish, so I may leave that sponge for 2 or 3 weeks. I have plants in all tanks and that has a bearing. With no plants I would be much more vigilant.

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