A canister filter can cut down on the time it takes to clean up your aquarium and keep the water healthier for its inhabitants. Like most everything though, you will have to maintain and clean the filter for it to continue to perform at the best levels.
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In this handy guide, we will teach you how to safely and properly clean your canister filter to keep it in perfect running condition. By learning these techniques you can improve the overall health of your aquarium and help your filters last longer saving you money in the long haul.
One of the biggest questions you may have for Canister cleaning is how often to do it? The answer will vary depending on quite a few variables with your filter. Since there are various brands, sizes, and types of filters you will want to consider all of the following variables.
The main things that will change the consistency of cleaning are if your upgrade/downgrade the size of your filter and if you add or remove fish. The reasons for these are simple smaller canister can hold less waste and more fish guarantees more to debris to process.
The first thing we need to do to clean our filters is to gather proper cleaning equipment so that nothing gets damaged. Most fish experts recommend you have a toothbrush on hand. The toothbrush can be used to gently scrub away algae that have begun to grow.
Next, it’s recommended to have a scrubbing pad or sponge to get off algae that is stuck to the filter. This provides you with a rougher material to pull of stuck debris without you having to put too much pressure on the area. In some cases, you can use toothpicks to get smaller spots.
You will also want to have a sink available with decent water pressure. Running water onto the filter can help loosen up stubborn dirt and reach the nooks and crannies. Make sure to use non-chlorinated water for this step, especially if you are trying to clean a bio-filter.
Lastly, you will want to have some Q-tips, towels, and small washcloths. The Q-tips are great for small spaces and are gentle enough to use just about anywhere. The washcloths are perfect for wiping up methods, and the towel is used to wipe everything off after you are finished cleaning.
To begin cleaning the filter we will need to take it apart, this process will vary slightly from filter to filter. Before you begin the process double-check that the filter is turned off and unplugged. Next, you will want to shut off the valves to keep any mess to a minimum in your home.