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How often do people change there external filter wool?

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As wool mainly is mechanical filtration and the important bacteria lives in your Matrix or similar, it would probably be best to change it everytime you clean a Canister filter. Depends on how dirty it is, if it can be rinsed without to much work I sometimes re-use it, but most of the time I'd put new wool in.

How often do you clean your filter?

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I change mine every time, as JWoods said, if its not too bad you can rinse it and use it again, but it starts to fall apart after a few goes. Just Go to spot light and get a couple of meters of quilt batting. $6 or $7 p/m last time i was in there. Its the same stuff you get at most LFS in a bag marked as Filter wool/floss but a fraction of the price. Cut it up into pieces appropriate to your filter, bag them up, keep them under your tank or where ever you keep your fishy gear. Even if you change it once a week, $10 will last you MONTHS.

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