Originally Posted by eco23
I just rinse them in tank (not tap) water and throw them back in. I've had the same ones since I bought the 405. Since there's 4 of them, it probably wouldn't be a big deal to replace them one at a time when they start getting unviable, but I wouldn't replace them all at once.
A great trick I use with my 405 is putting poly-fil (pillow stuffing) in the bottom basket. I replace it weekly during pwc
's (so it doesn't have time to significantly develop BB) and you'd be shocked how filthy that stuff gets after a week. It catches all the fine particles and makes my water crystal clear.
I agree ... replace one or two at a time if they're really bad but not all at once.
That's what I did with my 404 ... i had the original 4 pads in there for over 3 years ... but where still in good shape. Waited a couple of months, replaced two, let the bacteria grown and a month later the other two.
is the perfect partner for the foam pads ... as good as they are, they're just too much micro gunk that gets past the foam. It's amazing how well Poly-fill just gives the water that extra clear look.
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