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Sadie 02-25-2007 01:45 PM

sponge filter maintenance
 
How often should a sponge filter be rinsed? I have not rinsed filter as yet because tank is still cycling but I think I need to go ahead and rinse. I have green algae growing on the tube and the top of the filter. I think the algae is a result of the orginal incandescent lights. I switched to flourescent last Monday so hopefully this will slow growth down.

tophat665 02-25-2007 04:18 PM

To clean a sponge filter, when you do a water change, unhook the ilter from the air, put it in the water you just pulled from the tank. Squeeze it a couple of times, then put it back in the tank and hook it back up. Done. Easiest thing in the world. Squeezing it out in used aquarium water gets and debris out of it without removing the beneficial bacteria.

musho3210 02-25-2007 04:29 PM

squeeze gently and slowly, like the bad guy in an action movie about to try to kill the good guy by squeezing slowly around the neck.

Sadie 02-25-2007 05:07 PM

spongefilter
 
Thanks musho, got my laugh for the day.

Sadie 02-25-2007 06:36 PM

sponge filter
 
thanks tophat


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