Aqueon Filter. Clean The Pieces Or Not?
Posted 30 June 2009 - 01:34 AM
I'm getting mixed signals on how to maintain my Aqueon filter. I replace the carbon thing, but I haven't cleaned out the interior or blue pieces where the bacteria live. Some sources say to rinse the pieces in aquarium water and others say don't. The problem is that I have some kind of gook in it and I don't want it to get clogged. Any advice for Aqueon filter users?
Posted 30 June 2009 - 02:17 AM
Posted 30 June 2009 - 03:44 AM
If it is starting to become plugged with material that it has filtered out, definitely rinse it in old tank water. I use the water in my water change bucket to rinse out filter media. If it is not beginning to plug and you are still cycling the tank, it would be better to wait as long as you can but still not let it plug on you.
Thanks oldman47. That makes sense. I'll do that unless others chime in with more convincing ifno.
Posted 30 June 2009 - 10:38 AM
Posted 30 June 2009 - 06:31 PM
Hi, it's a 30 model in a 26 gallon tank. I do have some algae that I've been dealing with.
I use Aqueon filters too. It's probably algea in the bio-grid. Aqueon says you can rinse out in old tank water. Which filter do you have? What size tank? Just wondering.
I'm just very concerned about harming the bio-filter. It sounds logical that I can shake loose the gunk in removed tank water without harm.
Posted 30 June 2009 - 07:49 PM
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Posted 01 July 2009 - 02:32 PM
Vinyl brings up an interesting question about the charcoal filter rather than the sponge. Can we clean that in tank water too? And would we still need to replace on schedule? My guess is that we would still need fresh charcoal on schedule.
This is a great board. Thanks for the input.
Posted 01 July 2009 - 04:36 PM
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Posted 01 July 2009 - 10:20 PM
have found myself studying all the different filters at the PetSmart the other day, not because I would buy any but because of all the questions on here. Must say it was kind of fun holding the U2, U3 boxes right in my hand, sometimes its a shock to see how small some of these internals are!
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