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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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What's your record between filter cleanings?

I have a very long term 55 gallon planted set up (20+ years). It has an Ehiem wet/dry canister filled with ceramic rings and a little filter floss on top. It has no other filtration or water circulation method. I find this 90's vintage canister a bit cumbersome to clean and I always seem to break something that I then have to improvise a repair for whenever I touch it. Consequently, my record between cleanings of this filter at least 2 1/2 years and I'm pretty sure it's much longer.

What's your record?

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Wow, that beats my record of 1 year


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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 08:02 PM
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And I thought I waited awhile. I clean the Aquatop cf450 on my 75 about every four months. Its usually pretty nasty by that time too, but then again, I have a tank full of mbuna.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 09:04 PM
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Maybe 6 months... But dang... What a beast... Mine slow down after a few weeks. My 305 is the worst.
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that's crazy, I waited 6 months on my fx5 while growing in my emmersed setup and that felt way too long lol
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 09:59 PM
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What's your record between filter cleanings?

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 11:10 PM
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Its not fair that u started the thread off that way. 2.5 years.. really? At least set a reasonable goal. Hahaha

Um the longest my shrimp tank has gone is 4 months. My 29 and 75 gallon get weekly mechanical pad changes
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 04:08 PM
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OK I'll confess it, there was a time when I too ran filtration until flow restriction indicated it was time for a cleaning,,, thought that was good use of a canister.
(now not so much)

Is dragging water through filthy filter material something that amounts to bragging rights?
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 05:16 PM
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My parents community tank is probably going on at least 3 years since the last cleaning. The last time it was cleaned we found 2 baby mollies that had to have been living in there for a few months. One was a little deformed but they lasted quite a long time and never had a problem getting food or swimming.
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