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Old 03-14-2006, 07:46 PM   #1
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when is the best time to switch my filter what should it look like?

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Clean the pads when the water flow starts to reduce. Or do what I do and rinse the pads in old tank water every month or so.

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What kind of filter? I rinse off my HOB pads when I notice a reduction in water flow - about once a month or so. I replace the pads when they start to fall apart.

I really don't notice any change in my cannister filters, but I rinse off the pads and the cannister itself once every six months. I replace the fine pad and about 1/3 of the porous media once a year.

Of course, this is all done with tank water to prevent bacteria die-off. Ands I try not to do too much to the filter at any one time.
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