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I'm in the process of setting up a new tank and have purchased a Hagen AquaClear. The instructions (of course) tell you to replace the foam insert every 2 months and to replace the BioMax bag every 3 months. I know I can keep rinsing and reusing the foam insert until it starts to degrade, but does anybody have experience/suggestions for the BioMax bag? It looks like durable stuff, so I'm inclined to rinse it periodically (in aquarium water) and keep going until it starts to fall apart. If so, any idea how long I can expect it to last?
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Thanks for the info Matt. I'd already pondered using a 2nd sponge filter in place of the carbon insert. The bag provided for the BioMax is plastic mesh (like a bag for onions) so it should last a pretty good while. I tied the bag loosely for what I hope will be easier rinsing. I'll play it by ear and if it's a pain I can chuck it and go with the 2nd sponge.
 

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Yeah, they're careful to tell you to replace either the sponge filter OR the BioMax, but never both at the same time. I just plan to rinse them as needed during water changes.
 
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