03-13-2010, 01:29 PM
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I agree,but would point out that usually this is not necessary. Knowing you have a planted tank, Erik, I would not waste my effort with tank water or declorinated tap water. In 20 years I have always cleaned my filters under hot tap water, the media, the baskets, the filter housing, the tubes...and never had an issue. There is far more bacteria colonizing the plant leaves, wood, rock, substrate and tank walls that exist in the normal filter. Plus in a planted tank you have little need for nitrification bacteria anyway.
In non-planted tanks this is probably good caution, unless the tank is established and balanced (fish load with water volume, bacteria).