Filter cleaning frequency

Discussion in 'Coldwater Aquarium Advice' started by Little Droogie, Mar 13, 2012.


  1. Little Droogie

    Little Droogie PetForums Newbie

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    Hi I've had a 330l coldwater tank up and running for about 8 months. I have an external filter (Eheim Pro 3e 2078). I've never cleaned the filter yet, and according to the service button it won't need cleaning for another 6 months! Would this be right? I've never used an external filter before and had problems with cloudy/green water which has finally gone crystal clear (praise the lord!) I don't want to mess about with the filter unnecessarily for fear of messing up the water again but I also don't want to knacker it by not servicing it! :p
     
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    toffee44 PetForums VIP

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    Every 6 months I would take apart, using tank water, give the sponges a squeeze to get rid of chunks of stuff. And put back in. I am sure some one more knowledgable will know more. My tank has been running a year(filter is 2nd hand and came wet, and not replaced any media yet)
     
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    Little Droogie PetForums Newbie

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    Ok thanks for that. I suppose everyone has their own schedule for cleaning depending on stocking levels, feeding etc. Some people do it every month but I've heard of folks doing it once a year! :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Little Droogie PetForums Newbie

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    Ok I got round to doing it yesterday. I only cleaned the pre-filter and it wasn't as mucky as I expected. The rest of the media was reasonably clean too so I've left it alone. I checked and cleaned the impeller, again this was hardly dirty at all! I'm going to wait longer next time as the filter is a nightmare to prime and get going again! ;)
     
  5. colley614

    colley614 PetForums Junior

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    All that needs cleaning really is the part of the filter that builds up debris. The rest is just an area for the good bacteria to grow so once in a while is fine as long as debris is not clogging your filter.
     
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