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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-19-2016, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning sponge pre-filters

This is probably a silly question but is there some trick to removing the sponge prefilters so that all the debris isn't released into the tank?
I try to remove them and squeeze out weekly with each water change but it seems like I make a big mess trying to remove them :/
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I use a small sandwich bag
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-19-2016, 08:40 PM
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I don't clean mine unless the water flow decreases

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How is this even helpful? Did you even bother to read the question?

I used to use sandwich bags as well and switched over to little plastic jewelry bags a few months ago. They just barely fit over the sponges and pretty much catch everything. We got them from JC Penney's.
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I'd use a brine shrimp net when pulling the tube out.

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Thank you! I'll try a sandwich bag next time. That's a great idea.
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Thank you! I'll try a sandwich bag next time. That's a great idea.
If my filter intake gets a lot of stuff on it I use the sammich bag for that too.
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