Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Keep in mind that the Fluval Edge pre-filters are very fine mesh that readily & quickly attract a lot of free-floating material - therefore doing an excellent job of water clarification. But what comes with that of course, is that they get very dirty quickly, and of necessity need to well rinsed frequently to maintain effectiveness and not cause clogging.
Comes with the territory - if you're going to use any fine mesh sponge pre-filter, you can't be leaving it sit on your filter intake tube for several weeks and expect it to work properly.
I use Fluval Edge pre-filters on the AC 110 filters on my planted discus tank, and rinse them out well every second or third day - no problem, just takes 2 minutes, and they work like a charm.