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Old 01-21-2013, 12:44 AM   #1
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How often do you clean your Eheim / Fluval?


I just cleaned the top pad from my Eheim basket on the 2213. It's crazy how much the flow has increased. It's not like it was bad before but I just had to replant a bunch of plants since the flow uprooted a ton of cuttings.

The filter was brand new about 3 months ago. So is it safe to say that you need to clean it about every 3 months?
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:10 AM   #2
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Depends on the tank size and such. My Fx5 maybe 2-3 times a year. On my 75 I have a 306 and a 305. The 305 maybe every 3 months while my 306 has to be once a month due to terrible flow a month after cleaning it out. And I have yet to clean my 2213 I got 2 months a ago for my 44.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:11 AM   #3
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I have a couple of Eheim Pro 3's and I replace the fine pad and rinse the coarse pad every other week. Tubing is cleaned approximately monthly and I rinse the biomedia every 2 months or so.
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I clean mine about every 4-6 weeks. I only have one tank so I can do it kind of often. The flow does sim a little bit better after the filter cleaning.

Fluval 206 btw

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Old 01-21-2013, 01:21 AM   #5
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I haven't cleaned my 2213 in over a year... Oops?
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I clean my 206 once a month; rinse out the foam and ~1/4th of the biomax.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:48 PM   #7
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I clean mine about every 4-6 weeks. I only have one tank so I can do it kind of often. The flow does sim a little bit better after the filter cleaning.
Same.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:25 PM   #8
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+1 Jeff5614, same here but mines a 2213
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I have a 206 and I clean it when I notice a reduction in flow. Usually about 2-3 months. I removed the "polishing pad" that came with the filter cause it did nothing but get clogged and deteriorate. Now, the only thing that slows down the flow is the intake strainer getting clogged, and there's been no drop in water clarity.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:31 PM   #10
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I have a 2213 and change the filter floss and carbon once a month and the coarse pad every few months. I have had it about 3 months I notice the tubing has build up in it. How do you clean the tubing? I have cleaning brushes but not that would fit all the way down the tubing. Anyone know a link to a cleaning snake?
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:05 PM   #11
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Fluval 306 -- monthly while doing a water change. Rinse all of the media in a bucket of tank water. Clean off the impeller.
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