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Old 11-30-2014, 11:38 PM   #1
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When do I start filters cleaning after cycling?

I read in an article that I need to avoid massive water changes when cycling is first complete and not to clean the filters for at least 45 days after cycling is complete, best to wait 60-90, if you can.

This sounds dangerous, but being a beginner I need your experience. Are these instructions correct?
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What I do wuth my hang on back filter is rinse the old filter pad in tank water, cut up the pad, add the cuttings to a new filter pad, put new filter pad into filter, refill filer with dirty water that was used to rinse pad. All the BB stays in the filter this way.

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When do I start filters cleaning after cycling?

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I read in an article that I need to avoid massive water changes when cycling is first complete and not to clean the filters for at least 45 days after cycling is complete, best to wait 60-90, if you can.



This sounds dangerous, but being a beginner I need your experience. Are these instructions correct?

I completely agree with not cleaning anything for the first few months as they are the most critical. It's not dangerous at all.

I don't consider gravel vacs to be "cleaning" though that is what it is. I would still do that, but I wouldn't touch the filter.
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Yep, it's good to leave the filters alone until the BB builds up inside your tank.

But if you've just done a fishless cycle, you really need to do a large water change before adding fish. The tank water will likely have well over 40 ppm nitrate at that point.
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