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Old 06-27-2013, 12:01 AM   #1
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I have a 37 gallon tank with a bio wheel filter. Long story short. It's been 6 months and no cartrage cha he. I noticed to day at feeding the wheel wasn't spinning fast at all. I lifted the cartrage a bit and boom. It went, along with a swirling one of gunk in to the tank. What do i need to do to get the filter back to normal? Get a new cartrage? What about the he official bacteria in it?
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It's not the cartridge, you need to clean the impeller and the intake tube, if that doesn't work, replace ONE of the carter fifes at inter cald slowly so the BB has time to repopulate and adapt. Also, I suggest ordering media baskets so you can customize your cartridge.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:16 AM   #3
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At least every other month if not monthly it is a good idea to swish your filter cartridge in a bucket of old tank water. It's also a good idea to clean out the impeller at the same time. The only time you need to change to a new filter is when your old one is literally falling apart.
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So i should just take a bucket of tank water and move the cartrage around in it? Then clean the tube? Do I dump the bucket in the tank after?
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So i should just take a bucket of tank water and move the cartrage around in it? Then clean the tube? Do I dump the bucket in the tank after?
Yep. I just do it during a water change. The stuff that will come off the filter cartridge will be horrifying black sludge and you wont want to put it anywhere near your tank Just toss it out or use it as a garden fertilizer
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Okay will do! How exactly do i clean the intake tube?
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Okay will do! How exactly do i clean the intake tube?
You should easily be able to remove the tubes that connect to the main operating structure of your filter. Then just take those tube's, run it through some water(hot water if there's too much smudge). Just refrain from using soap or any chemicals. I do it every 2 weeks or so, because it can accumulate fast and make my impellers work harder, and it also restrict's the flow, so less filtration.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:03 AM   #8
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You can use a metal hanger with a rag one one side an pull it through
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You can use a metal hanger with a rag one one side an pull it through
I tried that with mine but no succes because mine has a 90 degree angle so it wont keep sliding
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:11 PM   #10
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Try a piece of fishing line or something strong enough and use a small piece of sponge. I have a small brush from petsmart I use to clean my AC filters and I'm able to bend it.
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I removed the filter cartrage and rinsed it in tank water. I also cleaned the intake tube. However the wheel stopped turning it when i put the cartrage back in. Should I buy a new cartrage?
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With the filter it stop and without the filter it runs fine?
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I got a new cartrage so now i have the old one and new one in there. How long should i wait to take the old one out, I don't wanna kill he bb
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I got a new cartrage so now i have the old one and new one in there. How long should i wait to take the old one out, I don't wanna kill he bb
2 weeks would probably be a safe bet.
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Will doo(; thanks
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