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MrBishop 01-05-2010 01:22 PM

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?

Angel079 01-05-2010 03:22 PM

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 :-)

LisaC144 01-05-2010 03:52 PM


MrBishop 01-05-2010 08:44 PM

no i mean the mesh in the top of my filter... not the filyer itself

Tyyrlym 01-06-2010 01:27 PM

Maybe a bit more info about your filter and this mesh would be in order so we're all on the same page.

JouteiMike 01-06-2010 02:21 PM

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.

MrBishop 01-13-2010 12:15 PM

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?:-D

rsn48 01-14-2010 10:08 AM

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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