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Old 05-12-2013, 07:09 AM   #1
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How often do you guys clean out your canisters?


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For Caridina and Taiwan Bees, since they like stable parameters, does this mean your canister filters don't need any cleaning unless flow is reduced, etc? Could be up to a year, 2 years if well kept? Anyone does it differently with positive results?
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:21 AM   #2
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I would think that depends on your tank. I clean mine once a month. my tanks are heavily planted and I always find gunk in there mostly decaying plant matter. Maybe it's just me but I don't like all that crud in there.
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merritt1985,

It's hard not to kill the beneficial bacteria in the filters during cleaning. That is my only concern. Its no hassle to clean at all with quick disconnects and all that.
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when cleaning any kind of filter media i think its always a good idea to just rinse it in old tank water during a water change. in my case i dont use canister filters but i pull the sponges and squeeze them in the water i just removed and back in the tank they go.
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Are you talking about some kind of deep clean? I just rinse in tank water to remove debris every month. I have never completely cleaned my canister. I check the hardware and rinse the foam and floss but leave the bio material alone unless there's a bunch of build up. I only clean my hoses every once and awhile. I think if your killing off BB your doing to good of a cleaning job.
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I wash mine with dishwasher soap every weak!
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I wash mine with dishwasher soap every weak!
I rinse mine in gasoline every dae!
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:40 AM   #8
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I rinse mine in toilet water! All joking aside, I clean my 2213 maybe every 3 months. And I do not even turn it off during water changes. Just drop the water line to the top of the intake and if I want to change more I will refill and repeat.
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I clean my cannister filter once every 3 months. Wash the bio-media with tank water and run the empty cannister+baskets under tap water and put everything back in place fill the cannister back with tank water.
At the same time I clean the in/out pipes with an aquarium long brush. The sponge at the intake of the my cannister filter is cleaned once a month in tank water.
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I do a water change every two weeks and clean all parts of the filter in tank water while I'm at it.
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I have to do a full clean on my Eheim 2213 once a month due to massively reduced flow. This brown slimy stuff builds up in the pipes (and the canister itself) and will close those pipes down and reduce the flow to a trickle. It's aggravating to me to do that much maintenance and it's just on a 12G. And there is nothing but RO water used on that tank so it's not something related to my tap. But I have to if I want it to work. I could get away with just cleaning pipes, but when I get that involved in gutting the system I just go ahead and do a full clean and get the gunk out of the canister as well. This particular tank though gets feed powdered food/supplements twice a week and I feed 6 days a week total (fresh veggies most of the time, other shrimp foods (Mosura, BW, Benibachi, that sort of thing) once or twice. Due to the fact I have to feed that tank almost daily I have no doubt that's why my filter needs more maintenance. I have a mini canister on a 3 gallon tank I do a full clean on about every 6 weeks or so if I see the Purigen getting funky. I only feed that tank 2-3 times a week though. When I first installed it on the tank it was so efficient I had to do a full clean in the first 10 days cause the Purigen had already gone dark brown. So I think you have to factor in feeding schedule, plant decay, and other things to get a good idea. Some folks don't do any cleaning for months on their canisters. That's what I was expecting when I decided to go for it on my 12G, just unfortunately isn't the case for me.
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I get that brown stuff too, only comes out aftr I shut the canister down and restart it, hence why I do not clean it much. I haven't cleaned the tubes yet so there is a good amount but I do not see it effect flow. When it does blow in the tank the shrimps go nuts eating it. Might have to be a little more careful once the royals are added though.
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I get that brown stuff too, only comes out aftr I shut the canister down and restart it, hence why I do not clean it much. I haven't cleaned the tubes yet so there is a good amount but I do not see it effect flow. When it does blow in the tank the shrimps go nuts eating it. Might have to be a little more careful once the royals are added though.
Yeah that's why when I clean pipes I clean the whole thing so it doesn't all blow back in the tank. I don't clean it until the flow is effected. Friday it was running fine though a bit slow, yesterday morning it was dripping out of the spraybar so had to gut everything and clean and it was back at full power. I assume it's just some sort of bacteria sludge since I've also seen it in the bottom in dishes where water collects and sits (like soap dishes or toothbrush holder where water collects at the bottom). Kinda nasty what just 'grows' in water. LOL.

Since I use RO water (as opposed to tap that has to be buffered down with substrate, etc) the parameters stay stable even when I hit a big water change like a filter clean day. If I feel squirrely about it I toss in some BT-9 and Bioballs afterwards.
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I've been using bt-9 like every other day for months now, just a tiny pinch worth, not sure why just did. Have been slowing down on its use just to see if it really does help. Haven't seen any negative effects from it and it really does not raise tds at all somehow.
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Sorry but, what is bt-9?
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