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Old 01-03-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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HOB's and cleaning...

Ok so... I have question for HOB users specifically AC110's. do you ever take it off and clean the entire filter housing inside? I was thinking of doing so but not sure if I should. I do the basic wash the sponges in tank water etc etc etc. but you'll see in these photos at least to me a dramatic difference from one week to the next. The first pic is a few days after a water change, a 25% water change. BUT... When I do a bigger water change and turn the filters off, when turning them on they spit out all kinds of gunk and debris.

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Clearly or... Not so clearly you can see a difference.

I'm so OCD its driving me NUTS!!

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Old 01-03-2013, 10:38 PM   #2
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I've noticed the same thing and figured it was something that was always going to happen when the HOB is turned off then back on. There is a haze present and up close I can't tell if it is very tiny air bubbles or particles. Especially with a high flow rate I think it is unavoidable.

However, I was planning on buying some poly fill and placing it between the sponge and biomedia to polish the tank. I would change it out at least once a week to reduce any BB from getting established. I'm sure other might have done something similar.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:39 PM   #3
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Basically all filters do the same thing. Any debris that is caught against the media while the filter is on, is released when the filter is turned off. It flows out when you power up the filter again. I clean my 110's completely about every 3 months or so. Case impeller, and housing.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:43 PM   #4
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Every time I do my PWC, I take my filter media out and dump the water out also...it has a lot of debris in it...when I do that I do not get such a big fog when I turn filters back on...

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anyone try to make the intake tube longer so you do not have to turn the filter off.

just a thought
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:58 AM   #6
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Every time I do my PWC, I take my filter media out and dump the water out also...it has a lot of debris in it...when I do that I do not get such a big fog when I turn filters back on...

BTW beautiful tank
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:12 PM   #8
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Here's a pic of what I mean. This is today, and I did a 25% water change last night.



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My my my smh

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Ha!! Thanks Andy... I'm gonna clean the filter housings, wash the sponges in tank water and clean propellers. I'll see what happens after that.
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