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Old 08-02-2013, 08:34 AM   #1 
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What happens if you don't clean filter?

Both of my filter cartridges look really dirty they are also forming brown and green stuff. I haven't cleaned one of them for months so that one is really brown compared to the other one.

The water is still flowing but I'm worried for two things:

  • Will the filter stop working if I continue not rinsing them?
  • If I disturb it will it possibly cause a mini cycle?


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Old 08-02-2013, 09:00 AM   #2 
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If there is too much gunk on the filter cartridge you will have less flow & there is a possibly it could cause water issues. Just rinse it, gently squeeze in used tank water at your next water change. I would do this at least every 2 weeks.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:01 AM   #3 
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You should get residue off the cartridge each time you vacuum the tank. Use dirty tank water to wash it off in. You might also want to scrub the tubes out with a flexible brush. Most filters have 2 types of media inside, the cartridge that is meant to be removed and changed/cleaned and the one that is not to be removed/cleaned.

Eventually the cartridge will start to fall apart. At that point you should change it but don't worry your cycle can handle it.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:14 AM   #4 
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Ah okay I will clean them then. Also how do you know if the cartridge bag is falling apart? I see strings coming out from mine both brown and green. I have no idea if its from the bag or just algae.
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The charcoal inside will start to fall out.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:18 AM   #6 
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Are there holes in the cartridge? When I had HOB or a filter that required a cartridge I switched all the cartridges to sponge material. Sponge is much easier & lasts sooooo much longer, IMO. Also the cartridges usually have carbon which isn't necessary.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:32 AM   #7 
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The charcoal inside will start to fall out.
Oooh O.O
I just learned something new to my list lol I do not have any carbon in one of the filters except the other one does. However that bag is designed in a way I cannot open it up to take out the carbon. I will just have to get another one and transfer the bacteria.

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Are there holes in the cartridge? When I had HOB or a filter that required a cartridge I switched all the cartridges to sponge material. Sponge is much easier & lasts sooooo much longer, IMO. Also the cartridges usually have carbon which isn't necessary.
I have heard a lot about sponge filters and they seem cool I might get one except I have never seen how to set one up and how to maintain it.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:50 AM   #8 
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Carbon is only effective for a limited time, so if you want the filtering benefits of carbon, cartridges need to changed more frequently. The length of time it lasts depends on quality of carbon and organic load. Also, if you know you have environmental allergies, especially to mold, you may want to consider changing the cartridge (or at least rinsing it) more frequently.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:51 AM   #9 
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Actually what I was talking about putting sponge into your existing filter instead of the cartridge. Setting up an actual sponge filter is easy & I have gone that way in my 10g & smaller tanks.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:35 PM   #10 
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About sponge filters:
Sponge Filtration | How Aquarium & Pond Bio Sponge Filters Work | Information

High-quality sponge filters:
Aquarium Sponge Filter | ATI | Bio Filters & Replacement Hydro Sponges

Anybody know where the sponge filter thread is?
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