12-16-2011, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Reece
As a little update from what I said before:
When I clean my tank I have a bucket to fill with water that I siphon out of the tank, once I've taken 50% out and filled the bucket with old tank water, I pull out the filter foam and rub my fingers on it in the water, this doesn't remove too much beneficial bacteria that is there (like AbbeysDad mentioned previously) but it gets rid of things like bio-load and large unnecessary things that are stuck there. I usually just keep the same piece of foam, using the rubbing cleaning method for a month. After a month it is replaced with new filter foam. Hope this helps :)
Again, unless the filter is falling apart there is no need to replace it. You can keep using it as long as it lasts. I have been using the some media 5+ years. Of course if you have the money to waste it's totally up to you, but it certainly is unnecessary.