10-23-2009, 06:03 PM
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Changing filter media?
What does everyone consider to be good practice surrounding cleaning filter media and changing out filter floss?
I opened the canister a few weeks ago to rinse the ceramic pieces and plastic balls in removed aquarium water - but they all looked fine. The filter floss wasn't very dark, just looked like it wasn't as fluffy as before (because it's wet?).
Just not sure how often is good to check - I wonder because it was really difficult (AND MESSY) to get inside of the canister. Totally forgot about the siphoning effect of the intake tube and the canister (woops! luckily I have concrete floors). The only way around this would be pulling all of the tubing out of the tank and so on - so if there is any insight that would help prevent me from just opening randomly and needlessly I would appreciate.