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12-07-2012 01:01 AM
Originally Posted by wkndracer View Post
This thread reads like one post to many
3 pages of what the #%^&*(????

my first impression was spot on with this one
12-06-2012 11:53 PM
Originally Posted by PlantedRich View Post
Once the name calling starts--- logic stops.

No need to be here!
i agree there. maybe mod should close this thread, before it really gets out of control.

there was no need for name calling folks. Rich explained everything very well, and if you don't agree, then just disagree. but no need for nastiness and name calling. it brings the whole forum down as a group when that happens.
12-06-2012 11:40 PM
PlantedRich Once the name calling starts--- logic stops.

No need to be here!
12-06-2012 08:06 PM
TexasCichlid Who the heck cares? I've cleaned my pads the exact same way for years. No issues. The amount of surface area in filter pads is minimal for bacterial colonization. Looks like he left his bio-media intact.
12-06-2012 06:31 PM
CAM6467 The guy cleaned his filter pads in the sink and dumped out some nasty filter water. Quick, somebody call PETA!!!!!

Some of you guys just blast total BS on here to give your hands a rest from your "other" internet hobbies...
12-06-2012 01:54 PM
5BodyBlade OP, did you make any comment like "Hey you might want to do it this way..." giving any type of criticism/help or did you just run here to bash the guy and increase your own opinion of yourself? The guy in the video made no claims at all. He just showed how he does his filter maintenance. If you've showed anything that is wrong with Youtube it's that trolls are ever present.
12-06-2012 12:26 PM
Fishies_in_Philly See, i gotta apologize for getting snippy. I had your whole post out of context. If you had posted from the start that you were looking for vids to link new people too, i think you would have gotten a different response. personally, when someone asks me how to clean their filter, i tell them to read the instructions. Lol i would never link to you-tube. Maybe if eheim had videos like fluval does, i would link to that, but never you-tube. I have way to many idiots who watch how to fix their cars on you-tube and then come to my shop and try and tell me how to fix their cars, so i am big time anti
12-06-2012 03:51 AM
magnum Well his power strip was pretty close to the canister that's probably not the best habit to get into. Other than that we all take short cuts I don't have a problem with what he did.
12-06-2012 02:32 AM
I can't believe this idiot just killed his biofiltration by rinsing his pads and inserts in tap water. Yeah, the main biomass is on the substrate, but that's not where the water is flowing. The fact is that the nitrogen cycling capacity isn't going to recover for 10 days.



BlorchHeadblownov 10 hours ago

This was the only comment posted in weeks before this morning when it was only 45 minutes old.... Kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it?
12-06-2012 02:14 AM
talontsiawd I don't even want to comment on filters. If this is the worst video you have seen on YouTube regarding how to do something, watch more. I am a fairly accomplished musician and most hobbyist videos give terrible advice regarding just about everything. I don't hold them "accountable", I just move on. So what, he did something you don't agree with, YouTube is not a site for professional advice, that's reality.
12-06-2012 02:10 AM
Evilgrin other then pulling the plug after stopping the water flow I don't personally see what the big fuss is about. Sure he rinsed his mechanical filtration in Tap Water big deal it's mechanical filtration about the same as putting in a new filter sponge.

Did he rinse his bio media? Nope Was it necessary probably not can't say for sure wasn't there.
Did he clean his impeller? Nope Again probably wasn't needed at the time of the video.
Did he clean his hoses? Nope Again probably wasn't needed at the time of the video.

Did he claim it to be the end all be all video of how to clean a canister NOPE Not once.

Is he someone with access to a video camera and is fairly enthusiastic about his hobby? Most Likely the case.

Do I see flaws in his approach yes, is it going to negatively impact his fish I doubt it from the little I see in the video. But instead of being so negative maybe you could post on his account and offer some advice on what he might be able to improve on instead of trying to ridicule them on another venue for their lack of knowledge or what you perceive as a lack of knowledge.

You claim to see major errors in what he is doing but you don't point them out you leave it for others to find. List what you perceive to be the mistakes he's making and list the reasons why and what should be done instead. that would be of great benefit to those who are new to the hobby, instead you post came off more like the that one kid in school that would just point and laugh at someone else having a hard time but never offer to help them.

Again not to seem as if I'm attacking you personally it's just an observation.
I'm only here for the fish ok ok and the plants.
12-06-2012 01:10 AM
Crob5965 wow I thought if I kept reading I was going to learn something about canister filters, I was wrong

I dont wash out my bio media in tap water but I do with my sponge filters and I dont have any issues
12-06-2012 12:52 AM
HypnoticAquatic ill put my 2 in. it is a good idea to check the bio media once in a while* if you have a very heavy load and little room for the bio it can depending on how its set up get clogged but is uncommon to say the least. i just shake the bio media around to get any loose debris off an put it back.

i havent ever cleaned any of my impellers ever unless there was sand or something that was blocked and if that ever happends i just remove it get the obstruction out an replace it back and have had zero issues from that.

i also dont ever use prime on a wc only time i use that is for recharging my purigen. i fill my tanks up with the hose so there is a temp difference which isnt an issue unless you shock the system by filling to fast with super cold water, i just basicly mimic a rain storm an slightly bring down the temp, thankfully i have good tap water an can keep crs and other types directly in it.

best thing i can tell anyone is learn how it works and then why it works that way, after that you have the info to make a much better decision for your tank.
12-06-2012 12:46 AM
secuono I never use tank water to rinse, I use my well water straight from my faucet. Just make sure to match the temp and never had any issues...

Only thing I didn't agree with was he unplugged the filter AFTER he closed both valves. Other than that, if he has well water and doesn't use chemicals nor salt to filter, it's totally safe and acceptable to do it like that.
12-06-2012 12:29 AM
PlantedRich No, Bill! Your fish are likely to be fine. But I want to point out that you are wrong in a number of ways. One is that you are likely not doing your filters as this vid shows. Or maybe it's possible that you just dump a lot of money out when they stop working.

If you don't ever rinse the bio- media, I'm guessing flow will cut down to pretty low. If you don't clean the impeller the flow WILL stop! You do clean your impeller once in while, don't you?

Why would I be looking at vids of how to do it? There are lots of requests from new folks asking how it should be done. I wanted to find a good one to refer them to when they ask.

I posted this as an example of what is NOT done right.

Now can all you folks come down just a few notches and tell me if you DO think the media all needs to be rinsed at times and if the impeller ought to be checked while the can is open?

All information should be checked for accuracy. One start on that is reading the instructions. In this case the instructions do tell us to clean the impeller.
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