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post #1 of 20 Old 12-05-2012, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Filter cleaning help

i have a eheim 2213 filter and i was wondering how often you should wash it out and replace the stones inside
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-05-2012, 07:15 PM
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I wouldn't replace anything. Swish the filter / media around in the old tank water when you do water changes and let it be. As for how often, that depends on the number fish, type of fish, etc. I'd change it when it was obviously dirty or when you notice a decrease in water flow.
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post #3 of 20 Old 12-05-2012, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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I wouldn't replace anything. Swish the filter / media around in the old tank water when you do water changes and let it be. As for how often, that depends on the number fish, type of fish, etc. I'd change it when it was obviously dirty or when you notice a decrease in water flow.
thanks ! i just came across this.

it says every 3 months. i dont think you actually have to replace the filter media. just wash it out right? i usually just replace the filter floss and carbon pad


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thanks ! i just came across this.

it says every 3 months. i dont think you actually have to replace the filter media. just wash it out right? i usually just replace the filter floss and carbon pad


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I wouldn't replace anything until it is literally falling apart. If you feel you need the carbon pad (if you don't have live plants) you should probably replace that every two weeks. If you do have live plants, I wouldn't worry about it. Just swish it around and use it as added mechanical / biological media.
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post #5 of 20 Old 12-05-2012, 08:31 PM
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Also, every now and then open the round thing in the lid of the canister, pull out the impeller and scrub it some with a small brush in your tank water bucket, I use an old toothbrush. You can also do the same thing inside the hole where the impeller goes and around the round thing that holds it in there. Just be careful with the white ceramic pin "stick" they are pretty fragile (learned that the hard way)
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I run two Eheim 2217"s on 80 gal and once a month, I take them to the sink,open the valves and let water drain from the filter into 3 gal bucket or larger.
I then remove the pad's and rinse them out in the bucket of water,and place them on the counter or other side of sink.
I then pour the water from bucket back into filter and let it run out the hose, down the drain.
I then replace the pad's,,clean the impeller assembly,and put the lid back on after greasing the O ring with vaseline(not too much).
I then take the filter back to the tank and hook hoses back up.open valves,and plug filter back in.
have had same biological media in these two filter's for almost two year's.
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I rish everything off right in the sink ;)

But I have live plants, so I don't care about any bacteria that gets killed by the chlorine. I'm thinking I should clean the filter tubes ... but haven't gone down that road yet of taking literally everything apart to do so.
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Also, every now and then open the round thing in the lid of the canister, pull out the impeller and scrub it some with a small brush in your tank water bucket, I use an old toothbrush. You can also do the same thing inside the hole where the impeller goes and around the round thing that holds it in there. Just be careful with the white ceramic pin "stick" they are pretty fragile (learned that the hard way)
thanks for the heads up about the ceramic pic, i probably would have man handled it if you didnt warn me.

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I run two Eheim 2217"s on 80 gal and once a month, I take them to the sink,open the valves and let water drain from the filter into 3 gal bucket or larger.
I then remove the pad's and rinse them out in the bucket of water,and place them on the counter or other side of sink.
I then pour the water from bucket back into filter and let it run out the hose, down the drain.
I then replace the pad's,,clean the impeller assembly,and put the lid back on after greasing the O ring with vaseline(not too much).
I then take the filter back to the tank and hook hoses back up.open valves,and plug filter back in.
have had same biological media in these two filter's for almost two year's.
does the o ring have to be greased? i have never greased at all
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thanks for the heads up about the ceramic pic, i probably would have man handled it if you didnt warn me.



does the o ring have to be greased? i have never greased at all

Will get dry/cracked over time, and possibly allow air into, or water out of,, filter.
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Will get dry/cracked over time, and possibly allow air into, or water out of,, filter.
ive only had it for 4 months so ill check it out when im home, also why do you wash your pads and then replace them? or are you talking about 2 different pads?
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