Originally Posted by bpblick12
I just started putting together my first saltwater tank about mid december. The tank has finally cycled and the test readings finally look great. I had a questions about my filter (emperor 480). I was told by someone never to change the filter pads inside the filter because of the beneficial bacteria, i thought that was what the 2 bio wheels were for? Anyway i have had the pads in there for aout 5 weeks. Is it safe to change out the pads? Should i just take the pads out and risne the off? or is it ok just to leave them alone
In saltwater your beneficial bacteria will be mainly on your lr
and sand, many of people in this hobby don't even use a filter pads.. Filter pads are just to pick up large particles from the water column but that is why you do water changes for anyways.