I think its called a submersible sponge filter or a corner/ box filter?
As I read thru' various articles, I read about good bacteria growing on the filter and how the filter shouldn't be cleaned too thoroughly (so that we risk losing all bacteria and hence resetting the tank fully).
But when I look at the filter like mine which can easily get coagulated with food & fish debris (which eventually decreases the efficiency of the filter), how do I go about cleaning it, without upsetting the tank?
Perhaps the question is very basic or the answer is 'look at other filter types', but it'll be good to get some expert answers.
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Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:12 pm Post subject: Re: How to retain good bacteria in this filter?
Its generally called a power filter. When you want to clean it, just pull out the sponge, take some water from the tank and use it to gently rinse it a few times. Basically dont try to squeeze it and make it squeaky clean
Joined: Mar 27, 2011 Posts: 2410 Location: Mumbai/Bangalore.
Posted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:31 am Post subject: Re: How to retain good bacteria in this filter?
Do not clean your filter with tap water. use old water from your aquarium.
Avoid doing total water change. that way you lose all bacterias and some time your fish too.
good bacteria stays in your filter where water is circulated. mainly in the sponge. even in pebbles .rocks plastic plants etc.
they keep cleaning the water from harmful chemical mainly amonia,nitrates etc. Even if you replace your filter if the water is old you will have bactaria back to your filter.
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