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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 03:33 PM
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I clean canister's each month, and hoses about every three month's.
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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 08:04 PM
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I've got a Fluval 406 and I clean out my filter every month. Every first weekend of the month, I take out all my media (only have sponges and biomedia) and I give them a good rinse/squeeze in old tank water. So much crap comes out of my sponges, it's insane! I've been debating about doing it twice a month, but I think that's overkill. I have yet to replace any sponges either (filter has been running for almost a year now). I took out the fine filter floss that was in there because it was cutting down too much on my flow.

Here's how I have my filter chambers filled
|____| <-- sponges (top)
|____| <-- biomedia
|____| <-- biomedia
|____| <-- sponges (bottom)

Hoses I do every other month. I make a H2O2/tap water solution (1:4) and run a powerhead on each hose for 30 minutes

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I clean the Ehiem canister about every 3 mo. Every thing gets rinsed and reused. Every 6 mo I change the white fine filter material. The carbon pad is just a sales gimick. Throw it out, especially if you are going to have live plants. It will take some of the nutrients out of the water.
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My Eheim 2028 is as follows. Just switched to this media setup so I will check back with my cleaning schedule. Been in for about a month.

|____| <-- Scrubbies and fine filter floss
|____| <-- Scour Pads
|____| <-- Fluval Pre-Filter Media
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post #20 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 09:17 PM
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Clean when the flow slows just a bit.

My set up is, following the path of the water:

Coarse sponge over the intake (in the tank)
Inside the filter:
Medium sponge
Blue and white bonded pad
Chemical media (varies: Soft water tanks have peat moss, hard water tanks have coral sand)
Bio media
Fine floss (quilt batting)

All media gets rinsed in old tank water and reused.
The quilt batting can get rinsed 3-4 times before it starts to mat together, the blue and white media lasts about twice as long.
Sponges seem to last forever (they don't- I threw one away last year!)
Bio media lasts forever, but I have heard of bleaching a small amount of it to clean out all the pores that cannot come clean with rinsing. The theory is that by rotating, doing no more than 25% of the bio media at any one time there is plenty of bacteria to grow into the cleaned media, and the better water flow improves the conditions so the bacteria grow better. I do not do this. Just slosh the media around in old tank water like all the other media.
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