General Care Discussion :: Cascade 400 Internal Filter

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:29 pm   Cascade 400 Internal Filter

Hey guys,
I have a 30 gal tank with two cascade 400 internal filters. I have two of them as I cannot afford an external canister filter at the moment and both of these are able to handle up to 40 gal of water. My issue is when I go to clean them, as I'm removing them from their place in the tank, a lot of the gunk and dirt go back into the water, so i'm forced to take out my turtles and put them in a separate tank until i'm finished cleaning. Is there a way to clean the filters without all that gunk going back into the water? Anyone have experience with these sort of filters?
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Post Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:31 pm   Re: Cascade 400 Internal Filter

This usually happens to all internal filters. If there is a substantial amount of debris coming out, I would put it in a fine mesh net before removing it.
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Post Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:16 pm   Re: Cascade 400 Internal Filter

Ah alright.. Guess I need to hurry up and get that canister.
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Post Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:59 pm   Re: Cascade 400 Internal Filter

What's your current turtle and tank situation?
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Post Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:10 pm   Re: Cascade 400 Internal Filter

30 gal tank.. Filled up with about 18 gal of water.. Two babies that are about 8 months old.. One is 2 in.. The other is 2.5 in.. I know i should have 10 gal for every in. Of water but I'm in a NYC apartment so space is limited and budget is tight.
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Post Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:25 pm   Re: Cascade 400 Internal Filter

Pretty soon you will know the genders, so I would hold off on any big purchases because, well, you might need to make even bigger purchases.
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