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wendex 10-26-2008 04:48 AM

When should I buy new filter pads?
 
Hi I've got a fluval box, internal filter (for 63l uk tank - now very much fully stocked) which has two pads inside and a third skinny pad in middle (which is/was white so it's not a carbon pad) I don't know much else about it cos it came with the tank. I rinse one pad at a time when doing changes in tank water. They're looking quite brown now and I've had them since getting tank (running about 6 months). Just wondering if i need to replace pads yet? Maybe one at a time or just leave.

willow 10-26-2008 05:11 AM

hi
when you rinse them,do they crunch up,or are they
ferm pads,if one is little fine filter wool like this...........
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a81...8/images-7.jpg
if it is,then just replace that,don't touch the others.
and don't throw it away use it to help seed another tank filter. :)

wendex 10-26-2008 07:21 AM

bit slow to respond think my email's not working prop.

Yes they are still firm - just brown and that looks like the middle pad so I'll see it they've got replacements when I go for sand. thanks Willow :-)

willow 10-26-2008 07:35 AM

no problem. :)
i bought a big bag of fiter wool from the shop.it
lasts like forever,works out cheaper than getting pads all the time.

wendex 10-26-2008 10:13 AM

:thankyou: and like the new pic.

willow 10-26-2008 04:37 PM

thanks :)


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