Originally Posted by Mijo51380
I just added a new filter to my tank how long will it take to cycle? And when and how should you clean your bio media?
Everything with a surface inside the tank has beneficial bacteria living on it. Your new filter media will be colonized in just a few days. Beneficial bacteria grows very quickly.
I clean the filter media in my tanks when I change the tank water about every week. The filter becomes clogged and doesn't work as well if I don't. I also keep a lot of lava rock in my tanks, the porous rock has many places for the good bacteria to live, so if I remove some through cleaning, it reproduces to its former level in a few hours.