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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-10-2017, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Canister Filter Cleaning

I know it's important to clean all the filter sponges in aquarium water to preserve the BB, but wouldn't cleaning them in a gallon or two of treated tap water work just as well? Seems a little "cleaner" to me...
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You do not want it "Cleaner". Use some of the drained tank water. When you shock the bacteria with tap water or any crazy water changes you kill the two main bacteria colonies which can lead to new tank syndrome or bacterial blooms. Treated water might not be an issue however I always tend to take the safer approach with minimal variables. Plus why waste money on water treatments to just clean your filter when you have siphoned water in a bucket in front of you (potentially).
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Treated tap water is fine to use and will not hurt your BB. Most just don't bother to go through the extra process to do so as the water that you siphon out of the tank should be clean also.

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You don't want them clean like they are new or have been through the wash. You just want to rinse the gunk off so the sponges can do their job. Using tank water from doing a water change gets the job done and eliminates the extra step.
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Got it! Thanks!

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