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Old 05-28-2011, 12:06 PM   #1
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How to clean filter?

I have a new aquaclear hob. I have several questions about the maintenance of the filter.
1) I've heard not to replace the filter until it wears out, but do I rinse the filter out in saltwTer when I do a water change?
It would seem this would dispose of beneficial bacteria.

2) if so, how often should I clean the filter?

3) do I also rinse the carbon filter and bio balls? ( don't know if that's proper term)

4) do I ever take out the actual (plastic) filter and clean it, or just the medium inside it?
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Rinse the sponges in old tank water. That will not hurt the bacteria. You really do not need the carbon. You can rinse the balls once in a while in old tank water as well. I rinse mine monthly, depends how dirty they get. Once every 3-4 months I take the filter apart and clean it.
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Thanks, what do you use instead of carbon?
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A little polyester filter floss. Helps to polish the water.
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