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Old 07-11-2012, 02:07 AM   #1
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Cleaning fx5

With everything that's been going on with my tank I was just curious, how often do you clean your fx5.

I cleaned mine tonight. I drained the intake and outtakes into a 5 gallon bucket and brought that an the fx5 outside. I had another bucket ready and drained the fx5 into the other. I swished the sponges in old tank water and rinsed very lightly the pre filter and the biomax. The sponges were caked with gunk!

Last time I cleaned it was probably 5-6 months ago. So I was just curious when you clean yours.
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once a month for me. i rinse of the sponges with tank water and replace the filter floss.
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You should clean it about once a month at least. I always cleaned my canisters while I was doing water changes. I'd run the hose outside or to a bathtub and rinse the sponges and biomedia with the old tank water... a lot easier than using a bucket and having brown hands afterwards.
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:42 AM   #4
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You should clean it about once a month at least. I always cleaned my canisters while I was doing water changes. I'd run the hose outside or to a bathtub and rinse the sponges and biomedia with the old tank water... a lot easier than using a bucket and having brown hands afterwards.
Yeah sooo true! The wife eh not so much, "your putting that where?" "not where I shower!"

Ugh!! So yeah buckets it is for me. I lost that fight. Ok so once a month. Do you replace the sponges or media? Example my biomax seems to be shrinking? The pre filter rings ate fine. The last 2 trays have the biomax. I don't use filter floss in the canister. I just drop it in my AC110 it's just easier for me since I change it every few days or every week.
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I kept FW for a little over 2 years before tearing them down and switching to reef. I never changed the media in my canisters, all of them had been run at least a year, some closer to two. I never used an FX5, but it's pretty similar to the 05 series media wise, which is what I had. Most of that media should be good for several years.
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I kept FW for a little over 2 years before tearing them down and switching to reef. I never changed the media in my canisters, all of them had been run at least a year, some closer to two. I never used an FX5, but it's pretty similar to the 05 series media wise, which is what I had. Most of that media should be good for several years.
Cool thanks for the info.
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