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How often the biosponge media in discus tank get cleaned?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:03 pm Post subject: How often the biosponge media in discus tank get cleaned? Reply with quote

 I  run  two  bio  sponge  filter  in  my  4ft  tank  and  one  in  my  2  ft  BB  tanks.  How  often  can  I  remove  the  filter  media  rinse  and  clean  it.  
 Do  I  need  to  stop  running  the  bio  sponge  filter  while  feeding  BHM  ?   Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:06 pm Post subject: Re: How often the biosponge media in discus tank get cleaned Reply with quote

 Weekly.  
 I  was  told  to  use  the  filter  to  scrub  down  the  tank  walls  and  floor  and  then  clean  it  in  the  WC  water.
 
 And  No,  the  filter  can  be  run  while  feeding.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:54 pm Post subject: Re: How often the biosponge media in discus tank get cleaned Reply with quote

 An  established  sponge  filters  have  nitrifying  bacteria  on  them  ,  so  during  cleanning  don't  clean  them  too  vigoursly  or  else  you  will  be  destroying  the  established   benificial  bacterias   on  them  .  Just  use  normal  tap  water  .
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:59 pm Post subject: Re: How often the biosponge media in discus tank get cleaned Reply with quote

 IMO,  cleaning  it  with  the  WC  water  is  a  safer  bet.  Tap  water  may  contain  a  lot  of  chlorine  which  can  kill  the  nitrifying  bacteria
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:20 pm Post subject: Re: How often the biosponge media in discus tank get cleaned Reply with quote

 Hello  Raja,
 
 As  per  my  little  knowledge  its  better  to  rinse  the  2  different  filters  alternatively,  may  be  weekely[or  at  the  weeked  waterchange]
 Thats  with  your  4ft  Thumb Up  ;  and  i  feel  you  may  need  more  than  2  sponge  filters[neglect  if  you  have  huge  ones]for  such  a  big  tank.  Smile
 
 Its  better  if  you  have  two  sponge  filters  in  your  2ft  too  and  run  the  same  routine.  Smile
 
 Q2-No  idea.
 
 Good  luck.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:46 pm Post subject: Re: How often the biosponge media in discus tank get cleaned Reply with quote

                                                   
psimhan  wrote  (View  Post):                
Weekly.  
 I  was  told  to  use  the  filter  to  scrub  down  the  tank  walls  and  floor  and  then  clean  it  in  the  WC  water.
 
 And  No,  the  filter  can  be  run  while  feeding.                

 
 @  pradeep  If  we  use  the  filter  to  scrub  down  the  tank  walls  and  floor  and  then  clean  will  it  long  lost.  Â A  good  idea  Â Smile  
 
 Thanks  all  for  your  advice
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:16 pm Post subject: Re: How often the biosponge media in discus tank get cleaned Reply with quote

 This  is  what  the  breeders  in  the  Far  East  supposedly  do.  This  was  told  to  me  by  a  very  reputed  breeder  from  IAH.  
 
 Sure  it  might  lead  to  your  sponge  filter  wearing  out  a  bit  more,  but  I  have  Â 3  year  old  sponges  with  me  still.  I  would  rather  clean  each  tank  out  with  its  own  filter  sponge,  than  using  one  scrub  pad  for  several  tanks.  
 This  would  help  minimize  the  chances  of  parasites  spreading  from  one  tank  to  another.
 
 On  a  side  note,  you  are  supposed  to  change  filter  media  either  every  year,  or  every  18  months  .
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:20 am Post subject: Re: How often the biosponge media in discus tank get cleaned Reply with quote

                                                   
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This  is  what  the  breeders  in  the  Far  East  supposedly  do.  This  was  told  to  me  by  a  very  reputed  breeder  from  IAH.  
                 

 
 In  Far  East  they  have  several  tanks(  some  have  500  plus  tank  )   with  automatic  WC  system  (  driping  system  )  water  is  continiously  flowing  In  &  Out   in  to  the  tanks  .  The  flow  of  water  is  controlled  by  valve  .  In  some  places  they  do  200  %  to  300%  WC  daily  .  In  few  places  you  will  find  only  air  stones  ,  no  sponge  filters  at  all  .  If  the  WC  is  at  above  range  there  is  no  need  for  sponge  filters  .  Ammonia  level  will  be  very  low  .  each  tank  has  individual  pipeing  system  .  
 
 Sponge  filters  always  holds  all  free  swimming  pollutants  within  them  and  if  you   squeeze  the  sponge  in  the  same  tank  ,  all  these  pollutants  will  be  released  in  the  tank  water   and  will  make  the  water  dirty  ,  and  you  may  need  to  do  bigger  WC  .
 
 
 
                                                 
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I  would  rather  clean  each  tank  out  with  its  own  filter  sponge,  than  using  one  scrub  pad  for  several  tanks.  
 This  would  help  minimize  the  chances  of  parasites  spreading  from  one  tank  to  another.  
                 

 
 Correct  using  same  scrub  pad  for  different  tanks  may  have  problem  when  there  is  disease  outbreak  ,  but  what  about  using  same  pipe  for  different  tanks  during  WC  and  hands-In   &  Hands-Out  in  different  tanks   during  cleanning  .This  can  also  transfer  parasites  from  one  tank  to  another  tank  .
 
 Solution  to  pollution  is  dilution  ,  hence  do  regular  &  bigger  WC  in  Discus  Tank  ,  Your  discus  will  not  have  problem  .
 
 Regards  
 Shiva  Nair
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