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Tap water to rinse out canister?

Once all the baskets and such are out of a canister filter can you rinse the canister itself out with tap water?
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No, the chlorine in tap water is fatal to the bacteria. You should use the tank water when you do water changes but if this isn't convenient at the moment you should dechlorinate whatever water you use. Tank water is better though as the bacteria do not care for temperature extremes either.
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Go for it. I do it everytime I clean my canister. I mean rinse by the way. Don't soak the canister.

The chlorine in tap isn't as bad as aquarist make it out to be. If it was we'd be disinfecting with tap water rather than chemicals.
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i do it all the time as well.
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Ah, so you're not talking about rinsing your media in municipally provided chlorinated "bleach" water but just rinsing out the canister with it.

Some bacteria do indeed live on the frame of the canister so if you're already using safe water for cleaning the media then it would be better to rinse out the canister body with that but if not I don't think it would make a notable difference.

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No, the chlorine in tap water is fatal to the bacteria. You should use the tank water when you do water changes but if this isn't convenient at the moment you should dechlorinate whatever water you use. Tank water is better though as the bacteria do not care for temperature extremes either.

Yeah sorry, meant the chassis itself with all the media and such removed.
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Yeah - no problem with simply rinsing the filter basket by itself/alone with tap water - there would be extremely little, if any, chlorine residue.
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The bacteria live in a biofilm on all the surfaces. A quick rinse does not allow the chlorine or chloramine enough time to get into the biofilm in enough concentration to kill the bacteria.
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When I clean my canister filters it is usually in conjunction with a partial water change. I use tap water to rinse and clean everything. The canister will usually get a light scrubbing with a kitchen brush. I usually run a tubing brush through the tubes. Use the kitchen brush on the baskets. Rinse all the media with tap water. Reassemble and start the filter back up. Never had any issues with water parameters, fish or shrimp deaths, etc. I do use tap water that is close to the same temp as the tank water. The whole process usually takes about 10 minutes so I don't think there is really much contact time with the chlorine in the tap water. Lots of folks stress way too much about this but when you are cleaning the filter in conjunction with a water change, usually you will be adding a de-chlorinator which should take care of any possible chlorine residue.



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When I do a water change, I dump a capful of Amaquel in the tank, and run tap water straight into the tank. Doesn't hurt a thing!
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