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Old 10-04-2012, 10:57 AM   #171
 
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I need to clean one of my cannisters this weekend for the first time hoping it goes well
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:04 AM   #172
 
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I need to clean one of my cannisters this weekend for the first time hoping it goes well
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:48 AM   #173
 
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The little rocks on the right I picked up yesterday with my son, and the three larger ones on the left I just picked up 5 minutes ago on my way back from dropping my kid off at school.

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:40 PM   #174
 
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Here are some tips...
I rarely ever clean mine.... Use only de-chlor water or old tank water and rinse out or replace your fiber layer or sponge layer... depends on what you have. (you can buy it at a fabric store likely much cheaper than the LFS, it's just quilt batting and/or pillow stuffing. Just be sure that there are no gaps for the water to get around as this is the "finishing" layer and you want to sieve out the particles.) Just rinse your media (tubes or stones) of gunk, Make sure your spinners are clear of gunk and your hoses are clear of gunk and reload. Fill it to the brim!! right up the tubes!! and shut off your valves to transport back to your tank to reconnect and you won't have to prime it... just turn it on. That lets the least amount of air into the system.
Never scrub the container etc... that slime is your good bacteria!
I only ever open my canister if the water flow seems reduced.

You really scored on the wood!!! and Nice rocks!! Make sure you test them! I think the test is if you pour vinegar on them and they fizzzzzzzzzzz don't use them.
Got that thing full of water yet??? Pics???
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:43 PM   #175
 
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Pics on the previous page. Yeah, it's full of water. I'm paranoid because the hose for my canister filter didn't go all the way on, but I can't get it off. Not leaking now but scared it might one day. Might try and heat it with a hose to soften it up so it will go on further.

What does it mean if the vinegar fizzes?

Edit: Just read into this a little.

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:52 PM   #176
 
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Here is a link...How to Test Rocks for Aquarium Use | eHow.com
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:49 PM   #177
 
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Pics on the previous page. Yeah, it's full of water. I'm paranoid because the hose for my canister filter didn't go all the way on, but I can't get it off. Not leaking now but scared it might one day. Might try and heat it with a hose to soften it up so it will go on further.
What canister are you using? I know neither of mine hoses went on to the canister fully but the hose clamps that came with it have prevented it from leaking thus far, just make sure you tighten the clamps as far as they will go on the end of the flexible tube.

Nice aquarium and good luck!
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:17 PM   #178
 
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Success, than DISASTER!!

So I popped off the quick disconnect on the filter. Put it in a bucket, but it didn't leak a drop.

Used the hair dryer on the hose, and success!! It slid on further, and the clamp tightened better!

Took a couple of minutes!!

Then, couldn't get the quick disconnect to sit properly in the filter to close it. Wouldn't go. Came upstairs, googled the problem, placed a call to the service department of the store where I bought it, left a message.

Went back downstairs, and the I had actually managed to open the disconnect enough to drain. The bottom of the stand was filling with water and leaking all over my basement floor!! Thank God I put the power bar on a raised box. Like an idiot, believing the valve to be still closed, I left it sitting loosely on the cannister, not in the bucket.

So i just used every towel in the house to soak up the water. Got most of it I think. Now all the towels are in the dryer. Once they're dried I'll go over everything again. CRAP!!!

That was my big fear, and I caused it by playing it safe. POOP!
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:46 PM   #179
 
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Just tried to put the quick disconnect back in the filter, and it went it smooth first try. ARGH. Don't know why it didn't the first time.

Stupid canister filters.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:50 PM   #180
 
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There you go.... what we fear will appear. In fact we make our own reality!
But now it's done, happened, over, you can move on. Won't likely ever happen again!!
Amazing how that works. And you were at home to deal with it too!
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