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Old 02-24-2011, 01:22 AM   #1
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My canister filters maintenance directions are kind of vague. How and how often should I change media. There are 2 floss, 1 carbon, 1 sponge. Heavily stocked 55 gallon.
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You really dont need to replace the filter pads, they hold a lot of beneficial bacteria and if taken out, will result your tank in a mini cycle.

But, you can swish the filter pads or floss in old tank water (from siphoning out in a bucket). By doing that, it saves the bacteria.
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You really dont need to replace the filter pads, they hold a lot of beneficial bacteria and if taken out, will result your tank in a mini cycle.

But, you can swish the filter pads or floss in old tank water (from siphoning out in a bucket). By doing that, it saves the bacteria.
Cool. Some people use carbon and some not? What's up with that?
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I only use carbon to remove medications. Otherwise unless your removing tannins from driftwood or odors it's a waste of money in my opinion. Perform weekly water changes, keep the substate clean, perform monthly filter maintenance and your water will be crystal clear.
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You may have to clean your filter more often than once a month. I have to clean mine every 2 weeks or my nitrates get out of control... and that's with weekly 50% pwc's...

I have had the same media in my fluvals for over a year and a half now. No need to replace. Just squeeze them to death in a bucket of water removed from your tank, rinse out the canister, clean the impeller, and go with it.
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Sweet. That's doable. I just didn't like the idea of being a slave to carbon if it wasn't necessary. Thanks!
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yep, carbon is completely useless unless you are needing to remove odors or meds
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I have an Aqueon 55 hob filter... would I get good mechanical filtration by stuffing it with some kind of filter floss material?
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