08-16-2014, 07:07 PM
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What about the filters? How often/ how do you clean them? That depends on your filter type, but generally, I do my w/cs weekly 30-50% depending on tank size and bioload. I sqeeze/rinse any filter media in tank water (in a separate container) at least every other water change. I make sure to clean the whole filter (impellers, impeller chambers, inside of filter walls, hoses, etc) every month. I change the fine filter floss completely when it's so super dirty that I can't rinse it clean or every 6 months). I swap out 1/3 of bio media once a year. I don't use chemical filtration, but if you do, you will replace this once a month. Basically, a quick guide for most filter types.
**make sure not to rinse any filter media in tap water!!!!! Keep your beneficial bacteria going. Don't swap out more than one media at a time.