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Used filter floss, rinse or remove?
Just wondering what you guys do, some people chuck their filterfloss away after used but others say they rinse them to keep nitrite eating bacteria in the filter.
What should i do?
Depends on what else you've got in the filter. I have a Rena Filstar XP3 so I toss the filter floss and replace it when I do filter maintenance.
The coarse and finer sponge pads in the bottom tray, stars, and any other bio-media just gets swished in the tank water if necessary and added right back to the filter.
The filter foam/floss doesn't really need to be replaced as often as fish shop staff say.usually you only need to replace it if its falling apart (some people have used the same foam filter for years).
All you need to do is about once a month while you are doing your weekly water change is to take the filter media out and give it a quick rinse in the (bucket or whatever) of the old tank water you took out.
This will remove the debris from the filter to allow it to draw water ok.Don't rinse it in fresh tap water as it will kill the benefical bacteria thats in the media.
They only recomend you keep replacing your filter media every month or so for financial reasons :roll:
Ah yes, i feared that they wanted more of my money.
I'll rinse in future, Thanks! :)
I also have a Rena XP3 and I rinse filter floss.
I have a Marineland penguin 100 filter for my 16g that has the bio wheel and a filter cartridge. I just wanted to make it clear that its cool if I just rinse the fiter cartridge once every month rather then replacing it?
I have a 350b running on my 30 gallon and to be honest i always rinse the cartridges under tap water to clean them. I know it would be better to just rinse them in old tank water but i rely on my bio wheels.
Mikaila is right. :yourock:, girl!
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