02-13-2012, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Tazman
Most of the bacteria is on the biowheels so you should be fine, providing the filter is running.
I have made a mess in my cichlid tank before changing the pads while the filter was running. Easiest way is to shut the filter off and very slowly lift the cartridge out.
You might have to do a little more vacuuming. There is no harm in cleaning the filter, make sure though to float the biowheels in tank water while you clean it, again with tank water.
I found on mine a lot of the stuff stays in the bottom of the cartridge slots, I use the blue cartridges and rinse them regularly. They get changed once a month.
Apart from looking bad, it will not really cause any problems, a quick vacuum will get most of it out the water.
LOOK BAD IT DID! I did not shut it off when i did this,, and so when i put it back in .. holy cow!! it was a mess and i got fruited out,, thank goodness for all you kind folks to help releave my mind.. I was doing so good as a newbie, then made a stupid simple mistake .. thank for the responce as well as the clue about floating the wheel,, that part i dint know, i shut it off for cleaing the tank.. only cuz i can see if i dont, lol.. so thanks Tazman!!