Originally Posted by benjaminleebates
The filter is aqueon, its a hob and it uses large filters. It has a blue plastic "basket" that the filter resides in... The filter itself is twot ultra thin pieces of batting with a few crumbs of charcoal inside.
I have something called a ShowerPik:
You can, if you want, turn this up high enough to remove your gums from your teeth. That setting is no good for oral hygiene, but it IS good for cleaning your style of filter cartridge when it becomes so clogged that a rinse in tank water will no longer suffice.
Works so well that I buy replacement cartridges, or have to mess about with filter floss, with extreme rarity. Only when things actually start falling apart, which may be years. And the charcoal typically stops working within a month or less, after that it's only mediocre biomedia, which is fine and better than nothing.
Of course, deep cleaning will generally remove/kill most of the beneficial bacteria. Replacement will guarantee loss of all bacteria, and includes fresh carbon. That's why I'm not fond of this style of HOB. Unless they have two cartridges, it's all or nothing, and very little room for any additions. If I use them, I tend to use two of this style HOB, allowing me to clean one, then the other, on an alternating basis. Or I'll put a sponge prefilter on the intake, and alternate between cleaning the prefilter and the cartridge.