12-07-2012, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluewind
The talk of cleaning my filter confuses me a bit. I have a Tetra Whisper 10-30i. It really has no parts to speak of, so I'm not exactly sure what I need to clean. *blush*
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I'm not familiar with this filter, so I'll offer some general guidelines. If you have any sponge/pad/floss in the filter, this will likely be removable; rinse it well under the tap in warm water until the water runs fairly clear. Similarly if any other media pack/bag is removable. The filter casing itself can be rinsed too.
As someone noted, how often you do this can vary. Most of us tend to leave it too long I suspect. If you get in the habit of cleaning the filter on a regular basis, say every water change, or every second, or the first water change of each month, etc, it is easier to remember.
The main issue is that for any filter to be efficient, the water must flow through it with little resistance from "mulm." As soon as mulm begins to increase and actually block the water, the water will either slow or find an alternate route around the media. One of my tanks has a Rena XP3 canister, and if I leave it beyond maybe 2 months I see a noticeable lessening of the water flow. This is letting it go too long.