Originally Posted by ocminpin
I know we're not supposed to change the pad until it's falling apart.... But I've failed to swish it in tank water during PWC
... I'm going to do a PWC
tomorrow... And see how much wet sticky brown goo comes off.
It's on my 20g L that have Molly fry/Juvie's in it aging 7 wks--13 wks old.. Because of their age they are fed 3 times a day... So the bioload etc is greatly multiplied...
What are your recommendations?
You can change the filter pad more often when it becomes clogged with fish and plant waste. I do large, weekly water changes and because my tanks are heavily planted and stocked, the filter media would become clogged with waste and not work efficiently if I didn't change it pretty often.
Here's what you do: Make sure you check the filter media weekly, when you do your water changes. Hopefully, you're doing them that often. If not, you should be. Anyway, just inspect the filter. If it's clogged with waste, then replace it. But, before you do, rinse a new filter in a bucket of the old tank water and then squeeze a little of the contents of the old filter onto the new one. That way you're transferring some of the bacteria to the new filter.
I use a little different filter media, but do the same thing to make sure I don't throw away all the good bacteria.
This is just how I do it for my tanks and my filters run smoothy and efficiently.