Originally Posted by Shon
Thank you, Not to sound ignorant but do I take the filter all the way apart and submerge and soak all the parts that way over night? Also is Prime by API like stress coat or another brand? Also the filter is full of water and the algae seems fairly free.
I'm not too familiar with that exact filter, but the motor head usually comes off the main body. I would rinse the body with very warm but not too hot water. Give it a good rinse and get rid of any loose algae. You could use your shower either to do this. The motor head can usually be stripped down also, try this before soaking it with the bleach and if you can clean it without the bleach, then i would do it this way.. A brand new toothbrush or a brush(brand new) used to clean babies bottles is also a great tool to clean filters and the tank.. The heater can be cleaned this way also.
When using bleach in or on anything going into the tank, make sure you give it a really good rinse with warm water before returning it to the tank.
Remove the impeller(be careful, these can be easily damaged) from the motor head and again use the t.brush to give it a good clean..
Prime is made by Seachem. It is an excellent product and is super concentrated. A 250ml/500ml will last a very very long time.. 5ml dechlorinates 200ltrs!!
PS..Don't unscrew or strip down the motor head if your not sure what your doing. You could end up frying the fish or yourself or both!!!. Seriously, be very careful as i'm sure you know, water and electricity don't mix..
Anything that needs to come apart for cleaning or replacing, should come apart easily, without the use of a screwdriver!!!