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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-18-2012, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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Filter cleaning......Bleach?

I have a G6 and was wondering if its safe to clean mech. cartridge with a small amount of bleach and water? I have 2 and swap them roughly every week.
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Why do you need to bleach it? Do you really need to clean it that badly? If so, bleach is fine but you have to make sure you rinse it thoroughly with water afterwards. You can use dechlorinator as well to aid in the removal of bleach.

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If it's just for general cleaning, all that is needed it to rinse in old tank water and replace in the filter. You really don't want to bleach or replace your filter media until absolutely needed because a lot of your bacteria is house there.

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Just to be sure i am talking about the filter, not the media. I read somewhere else on the interweb that cleaning with bleach gets all the stuff that just running water doesnt. We all want a clean filter when we are done right?
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If just the filter body and plastic parts, bleach water should be fine. I never bother, I just scrub with a toothbrush and call it good.

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Just to be sure i am talking about the filter, not the media. I read somewhere else on the interweb that cleaning with bleach gets all the stuff that just running water doesnt. We all want a clean filter when we are done right?
Could you take a picture of what you're talking about so we don't give you bad advice?

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The filter cartridge on top of the filter. LoL

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I wouldn't bleach that personally. I think that serves the same purpose as a sponge would in most canisters. Just rinse it off in your old aquarium water during a water change and scrub off any stuck in stuff with a toothbrush. This will hold beneficial bacteria just like your bio media will, and it never hurts to have excess bacteria

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You don't want to bleach it for several reasons, or use hot or cold water, or chlorinated water, because you want any nitrifying bacteria to survive unharmed, so when you clean a filter don't scrub it factory fresh but rinse out the big chunks, rub it with your fingers or a soft brush (for aquarium use only) and put it back in service.
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i would just use aged tank water for simplicity and to ensure the health of any bacteria

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To be honest I don't how bleach could hurt it. All of your bacteria is in the trays of biomax. All your doing is disinfecting the cartridge. As long as your rinse it off really well and let it sit in a bucket of water with a good amount of dechlorinater it'll be fine.

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To be honest I don't how bleach could hurt it. All of your bacteria is in the trays of biomax. All your doing is disinfecting the cartridge. As long as your rinse it off really well and let it sit in a bucket of water with a good amount of dechlorinater it'll be fine.
I'm sorry, but your original assumption is completely incorrect.

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Any part of your filter that is in contact with the water that is porous, or not a "hard" part, is going to host nitrifying bacteria. I wouldn't use any chemical on any of it. Rinse it in tank water. BTW, bleach can & will damage some plastic & rubber parts.

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To be honest I don't how bleach could hurt it. All of your bacteria is in the trays of biomax. All your doing is disinfecting the cartridge. As long as your rinse it off really well and let it sit in a bucket of water with a good amount of dechlorinater it'll be fine.
I was thinking along the same lines hense me cleaning with bleach. I thought that making the cartridge factory clean would help by increasing the time between cleanings since it will take longer too clog. Not sure how familiar yall are with the g6 but i do have filter floss in the chemical cartridge that gets changed about every too weeks. With this said i didnt assume i was hurting the biological system by killing any bacteria on just the mechanical cartride.
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I think it's possible you will actually shorten the life of the cartridge by using bleach as it may degrade, plus all that work mostly likely buys you little time between cleanings. Plus everything in the filter has good bacteria on it because it is a high oxygen area but with that said it is not critical that every surface has good bacteria but it will raise O2 levels slightly and breakdown waste faster, and this leads to more time between cleanings.


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