Thread: Cleaning canister filter media
01-21-2013, 08:46 PM #1
Cleaning canister filter media
I set up my tank around the end of september and it finished cycling around christmas time, but its now near the end of january and I havent cleaned the filter media yet.
So ive decided im going to do it this week, but I was wondering if I needed to rinse all the media or just some of it? In the filter I have a layer of foam pads, a basket of white balls and 2 baskets of white rings.
Im really paranoid im going to rinse them too much and damage the BB
01-21-2013, 10:01 PM #2
Rinse the media in used tank water or dechlorinated tap water. Should be fine.When in doubt, do a water change.
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01-21-2013, 11:36 PM #3
01-21-2013, 11:55 PM #4
+1 Rinse in tank water. Make sure you keep the bioballs and ceramic rings submersed in used water while you are cleaning your pads. It's a good idea to have a few aquarium dedicated containers for this reason.><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º>
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01-22-2013, 12:02 AM #5
01-23-2013, 08:59 PM #6
Also, don't be too surprised or worried if the media isn't filthy.
Depending on the filter intake screen size and volume, there may not be much gunk in the filter media. A canister on my 75g has been running since summer and only the filter floss needed heavy rinsing.