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My filter seems way too dirty, help.

My tank has been running for just about 5 months now and since the beginning I have been doing regular filter cleaning about once a month or so.

Filter is eheim pro 3 2075
I have the one blue course filter and one of the fine filter pads
2 trays of eheim mech (ceramic tubes)
2 trays of eheim substra pro (sintered glass balls)

Substrate is Safe-T-Sorb

Every time i open up my filter to clean it the media and pads are covered with brown stuff. it comes off easily, fine, and is everywhere. I am not sure if this is normal or not because this is my first every aquarium and not sure what to expect. My water in the tank is really clear and does't seem to be effected by this.

I never rinsed my substrate before putting it in, could that be the problem? or is it simply just fish waste?

I also get it build up in the filter tubes and spraybar tube.

suggestions?

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Flourite does the same even if you rinse it. Safe-T-Sorb is just clay that has been baked. I have not used Safe-T-Sorb so can't tell you if/when that will end. I feel
fairly sure that it does stop after a while. But this also shows how well your filter is getting out particles. I made the mistake of doing Flourite without rinsing it and had a lot of Laterite mixed in with it. You couldn't see anything for the first day and it took a week to get fairly clear. Best part is I have no pads/screens in my filter for that purpose
so the plants did most of it. They were brown for the first couple of weeks.
But still best to wait till someone who used it lets you know...the STS.

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I figured it was a combat of safe t sorb and fish waste. Good thing is it stays in the filter and not in the tank.

Tank has very good circulation and hardly see anything on the substrate. I guess that's why it's all I. The filter.

May e just need to clean it more regularly

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At least till it shows signs of not needing it that frequently.
Once it got to where you could still see blue on 75% of the pad it could stand to go a month then.

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Sounds good.

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Has it always been that way or just since you started dry ferts? Csmb will do that. I noticed it in my 75 after starting EI. I also started noticing it in my 20 when I bumped Flourish comp and Fe up to EI levels.


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Always this way.

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I think it is the STS. I also use it, and find there is some very fine particles that the filter traps. Best solution seems to be keeping the filter clean, cleaning it often, so the good flow is maintained.

I dampen the STS, then pour it into the tank (Don't breath it!)
Then I partially fill, and deliberately make as much mess as possible, stirring and swirling the STS in the tank.
Then drain.
Repeat 2-3 times.
When the water is clearer (not totally clear) that is enough.
Essentially rinsing the STS in the tank.

Then the stuff in the filter does not seem to go on so long.
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Sounds like a completely normal filter that is working well. The brown stuff is likely a mixture of bacteria, protists, fungi and undigested organics.
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I don't notice my flow getting any worse that's for sure. Its just really light weight. I will just keep on cleaning regularly and hopefully over time it gets better.

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Sounds normal to me. I get the saame thing from my Eheims that I rinse out bi-monthly. I've always thought it was what was left over from the filter trapping debris from the tank and the bacteria eating it. I run just sponges in my filters, about 4 course and 4 fine. I figure the more of that fine brown stuff coming out of the filter pads the better the job the filter is doing.
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I am planning to just do more frequest filter cleaning. I think with time it will get a little better. None the lessy fish and plants have been doing great andy water is crystal clear.

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That's what you will always have. Try using a pre filter and it will keep the gunk out of your main cannister
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