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Old 10-23-2003, 09:55 PM   #1
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How often to clean filters?

Hello, I have a Sealife 100gal w/d. There is a filter on top, then bio balls. Under that is a one carbon mesh bag. I have a Seallife 75 gal Pro Skimmer. It dumps on to a sponge. How often should I clean the sponge and the filter on top of the w/d filter? Do you do anything with the bio balls? I read the article on "Activated Carbon". The overflow has a sponge type filter on the tube also? Would more freq cleaning help my high Nitrate reading? 8O Tx WJH

72 gal bow. Sealife w/d. 2200 pump. Sealife 75 gal protein skimmer w 800 pump. Live rock. Live sand. Two triggers, puffer, eel, wrasse, two dam's
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Old 10-23-2003, 11:14 PM   #2
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Re: How often to clean filters?

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Would more freq cleaning help my high Nitrate reading? 8O Tx WJH
Anythings that collects/traps foods and detritus should be cleaned frequently. Depending on how quickly, it may be needed weekly, bi-monthly or monthly. You can usually tell by how much the flow through them is reduced. Never clean the bio-balls, they don't need it.

Contrary to popular belief, the items you've mentioned above do not create nitrates' you do.

Nitrates are a by product. It starts with ammonia, then nitrites to nitrates. The only way nitrates can be formed is with the over use of items that feed ammonia on a continual basis. This is primarily from overstocking, overfeeding or using foods that do not break down in the system very well. You reduce the addition or products/animals that add to the ammonia, you reduce the nitrate... period..

It's a simple biological process.

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Old 10-24-2003, 09:19 AM   #3
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my wife was trying to help me out once and cleaned my aquarium. she cleaned everything including the bio-balls. it through my tank for a loop it killed all my fish and most of my inverts. i had to recycle the whole thing over again.

never never never clean your bio-balls :P

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Old 10-24-2003, 09:59 AM   #4
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I actually saw a how to on cleaning the bioballs on a aquarium board?

Not his one of course ...
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