View Full Version : Cleaning filters

12-20-2002, 05:16 PM
I'd have to say the easiest filter to clean is the Penquin 300 bio wheel--- hardest Magnum 350 canister. IMLE

Which canisters are the easiest to clean? After spending 2 1/2 hours trying to get my Magnum not to leak after cleaning it, I am looking for a new one. I cannot put another hang on the back back there as there is not enough edge space.

12-20-2002, 05:27 PM
Eheim filters are super easy. I have the Professional II series and the baskets come out and thats it pretty much. Another bonus is it has a primer on it and the hoses have a quick release that actually doesn't drip or spray.

I only have to clean mine every 4 months. All the sludge stays in the bottom.


You can also see in some of my pictures the output level if you look closely at the top of my tanks.


12-27-2002, 01:41 PM
I only have experience with a Fluval 204, but it is really simple (I guess). I like the way the baskets are on half of the canister, and the main sponge array is on the other half. That makes it easy to clean just one or the other without taking the whole thing apart. Plus, the shutoff valves keep the water that's in the tubes from spilling when you disconnect them from the actual canister.

I let if run for 3 months and then decided to clean it. I was surprised that there wasn't much to clean. I don't have many fish, so that might be the reason it was so easy.

12-28-2002, 11:30 AM
i put off cleaning my fluval 404 way too long, anticipating that it was going to be a big problem---it was a snap!

01-30-2003, 08:18 PM
Pun intended i suppose, the things just snap back in, har har... :D

01-30-2003, 08:21 PM
[quote:7e5194fa90="Adam"]Pun intended i suppose, the things just snap back in, har har... :D[/quote:7e5194fa90]

nope--totally un-intentional! :lol:

01-30-2003, 08:22 PM
hehe, well it made a good chuckle anyways, seeing as how you are online, what do you know about bristlenose plecos?

01-30-2003, 10:03 PM
sorry--i'm not a pleco person--i prefer synos. :wink:

02-02-2003, 03:34 AM
Okay, then give me a good source for Syno njasse. :D

02-02-2003, 08:26 AM
i got mine on aquabid.

02-02-2003, 09:13 PM
Thanks Gypsy, I'll check 'em out.

02-02-2003, 09:23 PM
Syno's can be hard to find. I have 3 Syno njasse they are nice to keep.

02-02-2003, 09:40 PM
Wanna sell 'em :?: Keep your fingers crossed for me finding some. How big is the tank you have them in?

02-02-2003, 10:00 PM
I have them in my 90 with my Mbuna. I bet you can find them online. I had a hard time finding them.

02-02-2003, 10:26 PM
armke's has them also.

02-03-2003, 12:02 AM
Make some calls I bet you can get someone that has them somewhere....I also have some more rare plecos that I enjoy.

Cats are worth the effort. They do keep the tank clean.

02-03-2003, 01:52 PM
J-Nice site, I was thinking of 4 for my 125.
Gypsy-Pricey little suckers aren't they? Considering the price of the medium/large ones, I think the medium will do quite nicely thank you!
I also have a question that probably belongs on the water chemistry page, hope I don't get my hand slapped. "What is a good way to lower the water hardness without raising the pH?"
Thanks a lot, Sam