Well I came home today to the sound of a waterfall. I open the lid to my Eclipse 3 hood and find that the water that should calmly flow over the pad to the biowheel is gushing across, luckily not spilling over by about 1mm. I thought the pump was out of wack for a moment, but then realized it must be the pad, so I changed it, and it was. I only had this one in for 4-5 weeks, and was going to change it in a few days, but had to resort to just dumping a new one in there after a minor tank water rinse.
The whole pad was BROWN, bacteria? I ripped the blue filter padding thingy off and it just tore, like it was a piece of cheese. My mom said it was rotten lol
Anyway, this is a first for me, anyone else ever have an issue like this? It wasn't actually clogged, so I'm just trying to bother someone for an explanation instead of searching the web.
Also, this shouldn't impact my bacteria colony to the point where my parameters spike, right? I get paranoid every time I change out the pad, I just really get to drench them before putting them in except now.