10-25-2012, 09:08 AM
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You actually have an awesome set up when you think about it. Especially with a canister filter. IMO you are way over cleaning your canister filter. I open mine literally once in a blue moon, i.e. when the output seems reduced and slow moving. Otherwise I leave it alone. I never change the media in it, and the occasional time that I do open it (6 months or so) I will rinse the batting/sponge component to remove the gunk, check that tubes are clear. BUT if you have snails in there, they will eat the gunk! Perfect set up to me!! Might just put a snail in mine if I don't have any in there. I am an over-feeder too, just removed 80 small pond snails and there are still many in my 75, they are likely already in my filter but since I never open it..., lol.