Polyfilter released a bunch of fine particles into tank!

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  1. MetaKnight101

    MetaKnight101 Active Member

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    Just cleaned out my canister and washed up my poly filter because it was dirty. Plopped it back in the tank, turned on my canister and then it released a bunch of fine particles into the tank! Of course, all the fish started to run around crazy thinking it was for food so I turned off the light to send everyone to sleep mode to prevent them for eating. Should my skimmer and canister take care of these poly fiber particles? Should I siphon this stuff when it falls on the ground?!
     
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  2. Flippers4pups

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    If it's fibers from the pad and it's that bad, maybe it's time to replace the pad. If you have a fish net, try catching some. The fish will most likely not eat them.
     
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    The filter is only a couple weeks old, I thought they lasted much longer.
     
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    Depends, some are made for one time use.
     
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    Are you sure it wasn't just micro bubbles blowing everywhere? I have found it's best to just replace poly filters instead of cleaning them. There are less expensive options than buying the ones made for your filter, when I used a canister I just bought large rolls of pond filter material from Amazon and used my original filter as a template to cut my own
     
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    Dom Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I wouldn't worry too much about them eating it. Once they sample and see it isn't food, they will most likely spit it out.
     
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    99.9% sure it wasn't micro bubbles
     
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    I used Poly-Bio filter pads in my JBJ 28g and NEVER rinsed them as they are a one time usage type pad. When they got brown, (organics absorbed), I tossed it and put a new one.
     
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  11. Tuan’s Reef

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    You bought this and rinsed it ? If so, that is not poly filter . That is just filter floss. You should def toss it . I replace my filter floss twice weekly.

    Poly filter is this here. This can be re used but I wouldn’t myself . One time use and toss . It removes toxins in the water column

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    Lots of pores and what you see is suspended matter . Do not rinse poly filter. It changes color to indicate useful life and not meant to be reused. It will look dirty as it removes compounds but not clog.
     
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    I didn't mean I rinsed the dirty filter, I do change it twice a week and just throw it away. I do, however, rinse the new material before I put it in
     
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    Should last a month or longer
     
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