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Canister filter tubes

Discussion in 'Fish Keeping Chat' started by Fishnewbie, Aug 19, 2019.


  1. Fishnewbie

    Fishnewbie PetForums Member

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    hi all ,

    Just a quick question about canister filter tubes, I have had mine set up for 3 and a bit weeks and The tubes look really dirty... is this normal? Do I need to clean them? Just worried it means the water will be bad quality when circulating .... please see pictures attached :) thanks!
     

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  2. NaomiM

    NaomiM Love my furry, feathered and finned family

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    They do get a bit gunky, perfectly normal. When you turn the filter off for a clean (only needed once a month or even less, when the flow rate starts to noticeably reduce), the process of priming it and starting it up again after a clean will force water through the tubes at pressure, which will clean the gunk out. Some people recommend putting a tights leg over the filter output to catch the gunk when doing this. I just give the tank a good clean with a gravel vac once all the gunk has come out :)
     
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  3. Fishnewbie

    Fishnewbie PetForums Member

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    Ok that’s excellent, at least I know I don’t need to worry now! Many thanks as per usual!
     
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  4. kittih

    kittih PetForums VIP

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    Also filter bacteria will happily live in the gunk. I only clean mine out if they get blocked which has happened once in 16 years. I agree with Naomi's advice.
     
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    Picklelily PetForums VIP

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    I too completely agree with Naomi M her advice is spot on.
    My fish seem to enjoy eating the gunk that comes out of the tubes when I restart the cannister, fish are disgusting
     
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