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Thread: Filter Sponges
02-21-2014, 06:46 PM #1
I know this has been brought up here before, but I'd like some fresh input. Do you clean your filter sponges in tap water or tank water?
I've always used tank water, for fear of losing BB, but they just don't get as clean as I'd like them to be. If you use tap water, do you dip the sponge in dechlored water before putting it back into the filter? Or just wring it out the best you can? Air dry? Has using tap water to clean your sponges ever caused any unwanted issues?
Do you guys think a significant amount of BB is lost if cleaned in tap water? Enough to perhaps cause an ammonia spike?
Not trying to cause arguments or anything, maybe just a little friendly debate perhaps
02-21-2014, 06:48 PM #2
02-21-2014, 07:00 PM #3
02-21-2014, 07:00 PM #4
I always use tap water. My work tank (10gal) was on town water, never had any issue - and I would rinse the sponge AND the bag of bio-media at the same time. The bio-media however, only got a quick rinse to get the bigger gunk off it, not a thorough rinse, squeeze, repeat like the sponge. It was fully stocked tho, with a betta, a school of tetras, and a bn pleco. Also, the entire water surface was covered with water lettuce.
I believe that the substrate holds a lot of bb.
The tank has since been upgraded to a 20 gal long and moved home to well water, so it's not an issue anymore.
Last edited by sheamurai; 02-21-2014 at 07:06 PM.
02-21-2014, 07:04 PM #5
02-21-2014, 07:10 PM #6
Well, I had the same thought you did. The sponge never really got clean, and when you clean something, you want it to look clean, lol. Plus, I use a 5g water cooler water bottle for water changes (the punched lid holds a hose well and is easier to carry - no splashing) so I never had a bucket to swoosh a sponge in.
I also should mention, I never used dechlorinator. I brought water from home to do changes, but when I rinsed the media in tap water, it went straight back to the tank without being dechlorinated.
02-21-2014, 07:11 PM #7
I rinse my sponges in tap water, then do a thorough, final rinse & squeeze in tap water treated with Prime. I always gently rinse my biomedia in tank water.My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
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02-21-2014, 07:17 PM #8
02-21-2014, 08:27 PM #9
I always use tank water.
02-21-2014, 08:35 PM #10
I do tank water also, kind of like triton, I take out a couple of gallons in a bucket, dip the sponge, squeeze it into the sink, repeat untill its as clean as possible.Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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