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Old 11-20-2013, 02:34 PM   #1
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I'm curious on this point, how often do you guys clean your actual filter, not the media but the intake tube or the return spout. Not with my weekly water changes but how often?
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:48 AM   #2
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I usually clean the intake tubes every two weeks or so. During the summer they seem to need it more though. I clean the whole filter housing about once a month. Filter media is cleaned weekly with water change. I have seen tanks on youtube that look like the tubes have never been cleaned. They are completely brown with algae. It would drive me crazy to let mine get like that.
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I only clean anything if its restricting flow. A build up of gunk doesn't bother me.
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:41 AM   #4
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I only clean anything if its restricting flow. A build up of gunk doesn't bother me.
I am with mumma on this one. It usually ends up being every other month or so that I tear apart everything and clean out the hoses. I try to do the inside of the filter monthly.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:25 AM   #5
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That's the way I was leaning once every 3 months or so. Just was wondering what others do. Don't know anyone else around here into fish keeping. Thanks guys
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:23 AM   #6
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I've never cleaned the pipe work from the filter to the tank and they are clear of gunk.
I clean my filter once every 4 months and change one of the 3 medias when i do it. the tanks coming up to a year old this month and apart from predation (tiger barbs ate my neons) i haven't lost any fish and haven't had any health problems like ich.

once a month i do change about 20ltrs of water a month but thats about it.

Maybe i've just been lucky.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:50 PM   #7
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That's the way I was leaning once every 3 months or so. Just was wondering what others do. Don't know anyone else around here into fish keeping. Thanks guys
Yeah 3 months is a good time. If you have HOBs, a turkey baster is a great tool for giving the inside of the HOB a clean without stripping it.

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I've never cleaned the pipe work from the filter to the tank and they are clear of gunk.
I clean my filter once every 4 months and change one of the 3 medias when i do it. the tanks coming up to a year old this month and apart from predation (tiger barbs ate my neons) i haven't lost any fish and haven't had any health problems like ich.

once a month i do change about 20ltrs of water a month but thats about it.

Maybe i've just been lucky.
You should get longer than that from you media, unless it chemical.... Pads, bio-media can last for years....
How big is the tank??. Is it heavily planted or lightly stocked??
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:44 AM   #8
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60 UK gallons (72 us). not heavily planted

6 columbian tetra
6 tiger barbs
6 black widow tetra
10 neon tetra
6 rosy tetra
6 X-ray tetra
2 CAE
4 small ottos
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60 UK gallons (72 us). not heavily planted

6 columbian tetra
6 tiger barbs
6 black widow tetra
10 neon tetra
6 rosy tetra
6 X-ray tetra
2 CAE
4 small ottos
You don't like Tetras by any chance??. Seriously, that's one hell of a beautiful tank mate. I love tanks like yours......
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