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etgregoire 10-23-2009 06:03 PM

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.

Thanks all!

Twistersmom 10-23-2009 06:17 PM

I have been running an Eheim Classic for over a year. The directions say to clean it out every 3 months. I open mine up for cleaning every couple months. So far, I have only replaced a pad once. I remove some tank water to give the media a good rinse, and just stick it all back in.

Jack Middleton 10-23-2009 06:37 PM

these are my thoughts:

dont replace sponges or ceramics until there falling apart, replace flosses weekly and dont use carbon unless your removing meds. clean any mulm and debris from external filters every 3 months and do the same with internals every month, as they seem to get dirty quicker.

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