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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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How often do you clean your filter, pre-filter, and prune your plants?


I am a newbie with a tank that's been set up for probably 1.5 months now. I think things are going well except with these aggressive white skirt tetras which I may need to return to the store because I need more (I have four) and I can't fit anymore than 6.

ANYWAY, I have a pre-filter sponge on my filter because the intake was sucking up my plants.

How often do I clean that? I find myself frequently cleaning plant matter off of it. Like would I normally remove it once per week and clean the plant matter off?

Also, how often do I clean the filter?

Also, how often do you guys prune your plants? I hate to prune them because I like to see them growing big and past the water line. Plus I am a little lost on how to prune some of them and feel like it would take some research and I am working on my graduate thesis.

Also, how do you keep your S.Repens from floating up to the top? I have a few stragglers that are always doing that and are getting on my nerves. :-)

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It really depends how much plants you have. My tank is moderately planted so I just clean my pre filter sponge once a week. I clean my eheim 2213 filter every 3 months. My water is crystal clear.
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sponges clog really quick. i have a shrimp tank and i clean the sponge every other week.

how often you clean your filter depends on you. i go atleast 3 months before i clean my filter.

for s. repens, just bury it deep enough and hope your bottom feeders don't bulldoze it.

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Rinse filter inserts (rolling w/HOBs) and sponge pre's once/week. Prune plants as needed, what I consider a major trim takes place every 2-3-4 weeks

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Okay - thanks. Well I have yet to prune the tank and it is really over-run with quite the jungle effect. I have what I would consider a heavily planted tank by now.

Okay - I just thought I was weird. I think I need to clean my pre-filter every week.

I think my frogs and cory cats keep digging up some of the S. Repens. Some are okay, but there are a few little ones that I think they are getting to.

One more question, how do you clean algae off of a plant? My pre-filter clogged the last few days while I was sick with food poisoning. I got algae on a fern and took it out to clean. I know you do something with hydrogen peroxide to an existing plant (not a dip - where you bleach and stuff right?), but you clean it with hydrogen peroxide?


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I change my filter cartridges at the time when the instructions on the box say so, when the tank starts getting dirty or the filter slows down. I used to have a sponge as a cover for a filter and it would constantly get clogged. As for trimmings, well I don't trim since I don't have any plants TO trim. :3
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Me thinks that it all depends on substrate composition, stocking level, and amount of food going in the tank.
Would be different for everyone NO?
I generally clean canisters monthly, and HOB filters weekly.
if at this time the material still looks fairly clean,i know I could go further between cleaning.
Pre filters I clean weekly or maybe twice weekly while performing water change.
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I rinse out my canister filter once every 3 months. on my 55g and i only rinse it in dirty tank water. as for trimming plants It depends, when my tank was heavily stocked with plants and looked like a jungle i only trim back the biggest of the plants. to help get light to the smaller plants. as far as dead leaves i didn't really mess with it to much i only pulled out what i could get to easily. the rest. i just let it turn into plant food so really my tank stayed natural. But now since i moved i thinned my tank out by moving plants to other tanks. and so i am constantly pruning plants in my 55g but once i add more plants i will not worry about it as much.

My 40g breeder Amazon theme tank. i rinse the canister filter media every other water change, (every other week) i don't have a ton of plants. so I keep up on the filter a lot more.
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