Originally Posted by HoopsGuru
I would clean them out at least weekly, any trapped debris will only lead to extra nutrients in the tank and potential nuisance algae problems.
As the others mentioned, you only need to clean the media weekly, not the housing or pump parts. FWIW
, this is why some people now run HOB
filters empty or only for water polishing.....or grin and bear the necessary labor (I agree cleaning the media isn't bad) involved to keep them working optimally in saltwater.
I'm not sure what you mean by your final statement of "changing the filters every 2-3 months" in regards to cleaning/changing the media or cleaning the entire filter.