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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 4:37 pm Post subject: Life of a sponge filter Reply with quote

 Hi!
 
 What  is  the  best  method  for  disinfecting  sponge  filters  used  in  discus  tanks?  How  long  should  one  use  sponge  filters  before  discarding  them?
 
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 Hi  Rama:
 
 Use  Formalin  @  5ml  per  10lts  of  water  for  cleaning  the  sponge  filter...Dip  and  keep  the  filter  in  this  solution  for  at  least  half-an-hour...Clean  it  thoroughly  under  running  water  too...
 
 The  sponge  of  the  SFs  lasts  at  least  for  an  year  with  me...slowly  they'll  start  loosing  their  firmness  and  start  breaking  in-betweeen...the  moment  you  observe  this,  its  time  to  change  the  sponge...
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 My  sponge  filters  last  forever...  I  don't  think  I've  had  one  fall  apart  yet,
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 My  oldest  sponge  filter  is  5  yrs  old  and  still  running.    Sponge  filters  can  'live'  until  they  are  ripped  apart  by  some  of  your  brutes.
 You  can  use  formalin  to  sterilize  but  you  have  to  make  sure  that  it  gets  off  the  media  before  using  it  again.
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nag  wrote:                
Use  Formalin  @  5ml  per  10lts  of  water  for  cleaning  the  sponge  filter...Dip  and  keep  the  filter  in  this  solution  for  at  least  half-an-hour...Clean  it  thoroughly  under  running  water  too...                

 
 Does  this  apply  to  sponges  used  as  filter  media  in  top  filters  too?
 
 Will  not  the  bacterial  colony  in  the  sponge  filter  gets  affected???
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 If  you  are  using  the  sponge  filter  for  a  tank  with  canarensis,  they  will  last  for  3  months!  The  damn  fishes  ate  my  sponge  filter  ROFL
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 Lies  My  filter  is  still  intact.  Feed  your  damn  fish!!    Mad  Razz
 
 
                                                 
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Will  not  the  bacterial  colony  in  the  sponge  filter  gets  affected???                

 
 Yes,  formalin  will  kill  the  bacteria.  The  OP  asked  about  disinfecting  filters.  I  assume  it  has  something  to  do  with  a  disease  outbreak.
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 Just  one  question:  How  to  clean  the  sponge  in  a  top  filter  without  loosing  the  good  bacteria?
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gokulin  wrote:                
Just  one  question:  How  to  clean  the  sponge  in  a  top  filter  without  loosing  the  good  bacteria?                

 
 Rinse  it  out  in  a  bucket  of  water  drawn  from  the  tank.
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Lies  My  filter  is  still  intact.  Feed  your  damn  fish!!    Mad  Razz
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 They  don't  eat  your  filter  because  they  smell  of  camphor  Thumbs Up
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 Even  mine  is  intact.    Think  Beta's  gotta  nutritious  sponge  filter    or  he  should  be  starving  his  fish  for  not  breeding  Chuckle
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Even  mine  is  intact.    Think  Beta's  gotta  nutritious  sponge  filter    or  he  should  be  starving  his  fish  for  not  breeding  Chuckle                

 
 Believe  me!  They  are  the  most  pampered  fish  at  home  Very Happy
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Lies  My  filter  is  still  intact.  Feed  your  damn  fish!!    Mad  Razz
 ???                

 
 They  don't  eat  your  filter  because  they  smell  of  camphor  Thumbs Up                

 
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 However  do  they  get  to  the  sponge?  Is'nt  it  inside  a  cover  or  did  they  eat  that  as  well.They  must  be  really  hungry  Chuckle  
 
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However  do  they  get  to  the  sponge?  Is'nt  it  inside  a  cover  or  did  they  eat  that  as  well.They  must  be  really  hungry  Chuckle  
 
 Elaine                

 These  are  air  driven  sponge  filters  Very Happy  and  not  canister  types
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