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Old 06-06-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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Washing filter media

Can anyone tell me how often I should be washing/cleaning my filter media??

The tank is a (all in one) innovative marine 30g. Its a fowlr. At both corners there is an overflow which then goes into the back of my tank. The filtration is kinda like a plastic basket (one each side) and they hold a mechanical sponge, then underneath an activated carbon sponge then finally under neath that a phosphate sponge.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:08 AM   #2
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I think you should rinse everything out in old tank water after a water change. That way the BB doesn't die. (For the mechanical sponge)
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:23 AM   #3
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That's what I'm currently doing, every 1-2 weeks when I water change I use the water taken out of the tank and wash the filtration media in there. I'm currently washing all 3 sponges. Do I only need to do the mechanical?
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:28 AM   #4
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Yes, from my knowledge just clean the mechanical. replace the carbon when it loses its effectiveness. Hopefully someone with better experience can chime in.
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Yes that was my next question. If I don't need to clean the carbon and phosphate sponges how often do I need to replace them?

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Anyone experienced out there to help?
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:35 PM   #7
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I clean my filters out every week. I use to not squeeze them out, but I was corrected and your suppose too squeeze them out apparently. Just make sure to do it in your dirty tank water only.

I change my carbon out once a month, and my phosphate I will go with for two months. I never really thought about a replacement schedule, but that has been working for me.
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