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Filter media

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:34 am
by aawnaik
Is there a life (expiry) of filter media (Ceramic Rings & Bio Balls) used in external Filter? I have been using the same media in my Eheim 2217 for about 2 years now.

Re: Filter media

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:17 am
by SCORPIO
I thought No. I am also using from years. But after every 6-7 months, I wash them properly and keep in sunlight for 2-3 days. Wait the response of others.

Re: Filter media

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:44 pm
by parthapratim22
SCORPIO wrote:I thought No. I am also using from years. But after every 6-7 months, I wash them properly and keep in sunlight for 2-3 days. Wait the response of others.

No drying of filter media. Just clean them.

Re: Filter media

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:55 pm
by Somen
parthapratim22 wrote:
SCORPIO wrote:I thought No. I am also using from years. But after every 6-7 months, I wash them properly and keep in sunlight for 2-3 days. Wait the response of others.

No drying of filter media. Just clean them.

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Re: Filter media

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:41 pm
by sushant
I quite agree with Partha And Somen da, there is no reason to dry them.

Re: Filter media

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:23 pm
by kvdelhi
The ceramic balls and filter pads give useful bacteria place to stay, live and purify water. Older the filter, more the bacteria and better it is, so never change it. Problem is with time, there pores get clogged with dirt and mud slowing the flow hence need cleaning preferably once every 3 months. Drying it or exposing it to soap or detergent during the process may kill these bacteria, so avoid. If there is slime (probably formed by organisms which may harm these bacteria by overriding them), hence it indicates time to clean it by using free flowing water stream. Another indication for cleaning them is slowing of flow from filter.
If being clogged and must need a change, it is advised to change them stepwise and not all at one time, to keep bacteria live.