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Help! Snail Infestation Inside Canister Filter!!!
Old 10-25-2012, 09:08 AM   #11
 
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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.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:14 AM   #12
 
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I just want to add... when you do clean your canister, use only old tank water or de-chlorinated water and don't scrub it clean, just rinse the media, or replace the sponges etc. All that slime coat in there is your good bacteria, you want to keep that and chlorinated water will kill it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:22 AM   #13
 
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I just want to add... when you do clean your canister, use only old tank water or de-chlorinated water and don't scrub it clean, just rinse the media, or replace the sponges etc. All that slime coat in there is your good bacteria, you want to keep that and chlorinated water will kill it.
I have well water with no chlorine, so I'm in good shape. I was only cleaning the canister like that because I heard that the snails could damage it. I'm totally good with not opening that thing for awhile- it's a pita. My water polishing pads get yucky fast, though.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:28 AM   #14
 
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I have well water with no chlorine, so I'm in good shape. I was only cleaning the canister like that because I heard that the snails could damage it. I'm totally good with not opening that thing for awhile- it's a pita. My water polishing pads get yucky fast, though.
Keep them rinsed well. As the sludge builds on them, it restricts water flow and they will not be able to effectively remove particles, and water will likely manage to force its way around the edges (the way of least resistance).

I tend to leave mine too long, and when I get to them find they are so bad i can't clean them without almost pulling them apart, so I replace them.

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Old 10-25-2012, 12:16 PM   #15
 
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I clean my canister's once each month, for I find it produces the best result's for me.
I also have flex type brush that I attach to piece of weed eater twine and pull this through the tubing once every couple month's.
Would be surprised at how dirty pads,sponges, tubes,affect performance.
After you have cleaned the filter a few times,,you get an idea how long they can go between cleaning's.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:28 PM   #16
 
One way to avoid snails getting into the canister may be to put a sponge prefilter on your canister intake. This would also avoid debris getting into your canister and prolong the cleaning intervals and the life of your filter media... I use one shown in the attachment. I would prefer a bit a coarser version than what I have. You may look in ebay or amazon..... Hope this helps...
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:03 PM   #17
 
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One way to avoid snails getting into the canister may be to put a sponge prefilter on your canister intake. This would also avoid debris getting into your canister and prolong the cleaning intervals and the life of your filter media... I use one shown in the attachment. I would prefer a bit a coarser version than what I have. You may look in ebay or amazon..... Hope this helps...
Good tip... thanks!
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