12-06-2009, 04:40 PM
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If you have algae on the cover, just take it off & brush the algae off.
If the pads get too "clogged/ dirty" after several months of usage, wash it in tank water from your w/c, don't wash it out under your tap water (killing bacteria).
If you filter get's a much slower flow is when you'd wanna clean the other inside parts you mentioned. And this really varies tank to tank, depending on the amount plants, food, fish etc in the tank, that can be needed anywhere from every few weeks to every few months. And again if you need to clean this use tank water.
Either one of these 2 things should not be necessary to do each week! You also wanna keep in mind, that's where the greater majority of your good bacteria lives, so the more you "mess" with it the greater chances are you harm your bacteria stock.
Hope this helps