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A neat little water change trick!!! An ounce of prevention is worth a gallon of cure.

During water changes, dirt, waste, and just plain old unsightly stuff congregates in your sump and/or canister after you turn off the pump. Even if you clean your filter there is always some residual left over. And when you turn the pump back on that sudden surge of current takes it right up your hose and in to your nice clean tank After you have completed your water change try this super easy trick. Place tubing on your inlet valve and lead it to a an empty bucket. When you turn the pump back on, let the first gallon go into the empty bucket and then just disconnect the tubing. This will make sure that the residual stays out of your nice clean tank.

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That is a good idea. However, I recently figured out that I don't need to turn off my canisters during a WC. I have some ADA steel inlet pipes, and they are long enough so that they are always below the water line, even if I do a 75% or so WC. So I just leave them on during the whole process, and it's a lot easier!
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That is a good idea. However, I recently figured out that I don't need to turn off my canisters during a WC. I have some ADA steel inlet pipes, and they are long enough so that they are always below the water line, even if I do a 75% or so WC. So I just leave them on during the whole process, and it's a lot easier!
+1 here, I do the same thing.

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Also for those of you who have a hob filter when you go to turn it back on after a water change place a large cup or two directly under the waterfall to catch that first bit of water that comes out. You'll be pleasantly surprised on how much debris you'll catch.


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I have to clean out my canister every few months (I own a poop monster aka a large pleco) but I can never clean EVERYTHING because I'd wash all the good BB down the sink with the mulm/poo/uneaten food.. Its quite unsightly when I hook it back up.. I usually clean out the canister, get it running again then do a water change (water level in 55g tank could be as low as 10-15g before canister would cut suction, inlet pipes go loooow fortunately will cut with just enough water left to keep my big pleco submerged), because man I can't see from one end to the other when it starts back up, so nasty!
I'm thinking next time I'll grab some pantyhose (or even a large fish net since my outflow is through a 4" pvc) and stick that over the outflow to catch most/some of the loosened debris, might even do a double/triple layer of netting/hosing to try to increase catching capacity.

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I have to clean out my canister every few months (I own a poop monster aka a large pleco) but I can never clean EVERYTHING because I'd wash all the good BB down the sink with the mulm/poo/uneaten food.. Its quite unsightly when I hook it back up.. I usually clean out the canister, get it running again then do a water change (water level in 55g tank could be as low as 10-15g before canister would cut suction, inlet pipes go loooow fortunately will cut with just enough water left to keep my big pleco submerged), because man I can't see from one end to the other when it starts back up, so nasty!
I'm thinking next time I'll grab some pantyhose (or even a large fish net since my outflow is through a 4" pvc) and stick that over the outflow to catch most/some of the loosened debris, might even do a double/triple layer of netting/hosing to try to increase catching capacity.
A shrimp net would be perfect!

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Also for those of you who have a hob filter when you go to turn it back on after a water change place a large cup or two directly under the waterfall to catch that first bit of water that comes out. You'll be pleasantly surprised on how much debris you'll catch.
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+1 here, I do the same thing.
Zach and JMF... If you didn't, would you?

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