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Re: How often do you guys clean out your canisters?

Once every 6 months. Or if my flow is slowed

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How often do you guys clean out your canisters?

I only have biomedia in it, the intake is connected to a DIY UGF so it doesn't get clogged. I think las time I cleaned was the first time in more than a year.

IMO, not messing with it is the way to go. This is why I also have an hob.

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i think the brown sludge is diatomes. i get it inside my filter intakes but have never had it get so bad to stop flow but then again most of what i have are hob filters.
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Never. Unless it's clogged, which hasn't happened to me yet.


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I haven't cleaned my Sunsun 302 since I like 3 months after I got it.. I got it like 2 years ago. Still running fine.
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Every 6 months i give the filter a DEEP cleaning. Full rinse in tap water, take out impeller and clean every nook and cranny then poke a wet paper towel plug through the hose. Takes a couple of hours to get all the gunk out.

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Depends on the tank. Some can get away with very little filter cleaning and some may need to do it more often. I used to do it about every two months. I now use a sump and clean the pre filter weekly and then vacuum the sump about once a month. Super easy to clean a sump versus a canister.
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I clean mines every two weeks. I used to do it every week, but that was when I had some messy fish in my tank. I take out my sponges and rinse and squeeze them in old tank water. I give my sechem matrix a slight rinse as well
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Eheim + jagno prefilter. Cleaning prefilter every 2 months not because they are too dirty but because I have to replace purigen. Cleaning Eheim every 8-10 months because there is gunk over the impeler.
Green gunk inside the hoses is because of the high light been in use.
I have hoses which hasn’t been cleaned for more than 3 years ant they are in good shape.
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every 3-6 months. I do clean the prefilter every time it looks dirty since it is a transparent canister usually around 2 months time?
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Every 3 months.
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post #28 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 03:37 PM
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Clean canister's once each month.
Got lot's of fish,and they get fed well.
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