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post #1 of 8 Old 01-05-2010, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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W/C And Filter Change.


When i do my weekly w/c, is it reccomended to change the mesh in the filter also?
It seems to become really dirty really quickly. is this normal?
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-05-2010, 03:22 PM
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NO! If your filter is clogged, rinse it a lil in tank water that you just vacuumed outta your tank.
Replacing it and/ or using tap water for cleaning will kill off your bacteria, you do not want that.
The only time it should be replaced if its falling apart in pieces on you

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post #4 of 8 Old 01-05-2010, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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no i mean the mesh in the top of my filter... not the filyer itself
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-06-2010, 01:27 PM
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Maybe a bit more info about your filter and this mesh would be in order so we're all on the same page.

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post #6 of 8 Old 01-06-2010, 02:21 PM
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Do you mean the mesh bag that holds the filter media? Those shouldn't need to be replaced for a long time, or just a simple rinsing to clean them.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-13-2010, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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As you can see the filter on the left and the heater on the right bit below (in pic) is a browny coloured mesh. it grabs all the dirt, what other jobs does it do or it that it?

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-14-2010, 10:08 AM
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If its a larger sponge type mesh with larger holes, its a pre-filter but it will still have a biological effect in your filtering as others have pointed out.
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