Fish are a great pet to have, but it’s important that you do your part as an owner to maintain their habitat. One of the most important things you can do is change out the filter on a regular basis. Changing the filter in a fish tank will keep your fish healthy and happy, and it will also keep your aquarium sparkling clean. Changing the filter in your fish tank is an important part of keeping your fish healthy. You should change the filter every 6-8 weeks, or when it becomes clogged with dirt or algae.
The first step is to turn off the filter and remove it from the tank. You should then take note of how much water is left in the tank, as you will need to replace it after you have cleaned the filter and filled it back up with water. Next, wash out all of the old media from inside the filter using clean water from a bucket or sink. It’s important that you don’t use any soap or other chemicals when cleaning this part.
Once everything has been washed out, lay out a towel on your floor or table so that if any water spills out of your bucket during this process it won’t get everywhere – this step isn’t necessary but it will help keep things cleaner overall. Now fill up your bucket with clean water from either a sink or faucet – remember that if you’re using tap water then make sure not to use soap or chemicals when doing so because they will harm your fish.
Remove the old filter cartridge
- Remove the old cartridge. You’ll want to remove the old cartridge from your filter before you install a new one. This will make it easier to clean later on, and make sure that you don’t accidentally get any of those nasty fish tank critters stuck in there.
- Remove the old cartridge from your filter. The first step is to remove your old filter cartridge by prying it off with a screwdriver or other flat-headed tool. Once this has been done, it should be very easy for you to replace it with a new one.
Check the filter for dirt and debris.
In order to ensure that your aquarium is running at peak efficiency, it’s important to regularly clean the filter. If you don’t clean the filter, it may become clogged with dirt and debris from the tank, which will prevent water from flowing through properly. If this happens, your fish could be less likely to survive their captivity and your aquatic plants may die.
To clean the filter:
- Check for dirt and debris in all crevices of the unit. Use a rag or brush if necessary.
- Inspect any damage to see if repairs need to be made before continuing with step 2 (if applicable).
- Check for leaks around seals or gaskets that may need replacing soon (if applicable). You may also want to check whether or not anything has fallen into any moving parts like impellers or turbine blades; if so remove those items carefully before proceeding with step 3 (if applicable).
Rinse out filter with tap water only
The first thing you should do is rinse out the filter with tap water only. Do not use soap or any other cleaning agents on your filter, as they can clog it and make it ineffective. Avoid using hot water because this will also damage the filter media inside of it. Don’t use vinegar, bleach, or pressure washers to clean your aquarium filter either. The best way to clean off debris from the inside of your aquarium’s filter is by filling up a bucket with warm water mixed with some mild dish soap and gently swishing it around there until all of the gunk has been loosened up enough for you to remove with tweezers and wash down the drain (or into a toilet). And finally: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN YOUR FILTER IN A SINK OR BUCKET.
Put the new filter cartridge in.
- Place the new filter cartridge into the filter media basket. The pump should be off during this procedure.
- Make sure that the new filter cartridge is placed with its filter media facing down, so that water flows out of the top of your aquarium and not back into it.
- Do not twist or kink your replacement filter’s internal tubing; if it does become twisted or kinked, you may need to replace it entirely—or remove some of it from inside your aquarium if you are able to remove just part of a damaged piece (for example, if one side was completely severed).
Refill with dechlorinated water and turn back on.
You will now need to refill your fish tank with dechlorinated water and turn the filter back on. This process may take a few minutes, as you have to wait for the water to heat up again. Once you’ve done this, test the temperature of the water to make sure it is within an acceptable range. If not, repeat these steps until your tank reaches an appropriate temperature.
You should be able to easily change your fish tank filter in just a few minutes.
The next time your fish tank filter needs changing, it shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to swap it out. To begin with, find the old filter and remove it from your fish tank. This can be difficult if the old filter is clogged with dirt or other debris. If this happens, you’ll likely need to clean out the filter before removing it from your tank; otherwise, you may end up damaging your new replacement filter by making contact with an unclean surface.
Once you’ve removed your old filter from its housing, make sure that all of the pieces are present in order to avoid any future problems when putting them back together again later on down the road. If there are any missing parts (such as rubber seals), they can usually be purchased at pet stores
While we may have covered some of the more complex topics, these steps should be enough for you to keep your aquarium in good condition. In case you were wondering how often aquarium filters need changing, a good rule of thumb is every three months. If you find yourself needing help with this task or other tasks related to maintaining your fish tank’s cleanliness, don’t hesitate to reach out through our website and one of our experts will be available for any questions or queries you may have.