Before and after adding Seachem Pond Matrix to your fish tank or fish pond, you will need to rinse the filter media.
To see how you can properly pre-wash and regularly rinse these pebbles, you can take a look at this tutorial at Aquarium Blueprints.
Why you need to pre-wash Seachem Pond Matrix
Due to the way the product was manufactured, the pebbles of the Seachem Pond Matrix can get quite dusty.
If you don’t pre-wash this filter media, then the dust will get into your fish tank. While harmless to the fish and other aquatic creatures in your aquarium or pond, the tiny particles will most likely cause your water to look cloudy or milky.
Thus, pre-washing Pond Matrix is recommended if you want to keep your tank water or pond water clear.
To see how you can get rid of the cloudy water caused by this filter media, you can check out this article.
How to pre-wash Seachem Pond Matrix
In order to pre-wash the Seachem Pond Matrix, you can try doing the following:
1. Remove the pebbles from the original packaging.
2. Put the pebbles in a bucket, container or anything else that can hold water.
3. Next, fill the same bucket or container with water.
You can use water you have in your tank, water you have in your pond, distilled water or tap water.
4. Fill enough of the water or container so that a vast majority of the pebbles will be submerged. While some may stay afloat in the beginning, these will eventually sink once they become waterlogged.
5. Stir the pebbles around for a minute or two to knock off the dust particles from the pebbles and into the water column.
6. Pour out the cloudy water from the bucket or container.
7. You can repeat steps 3, 4, 5 and 6 as much as you want to remove the dust particles.
8. Once you are satisfied, removed the Pond Matrix pebbles from the bucket or container.
9. If you use tap water to pre-wash the filter media, then we highly recommend adding a water conditioner like Seachem Prime to remove any chlorine or chloramine. If you don’t then these two chemical compounds may end up harming your pet fish and the biological filtration.
10. You should then be able to add Seachem Pond Matrix in your tank or pond without having to worry about clouding your water.
Why you need to regularly rinse Seachem Pond Matrix
For the Seachem Pond Matrix to remain effective, you need to regularly rinse the pebbles.
Otherwise, the microscopic pores will eventually clog up, eventually killing the beneficial bacteria living inside. Due to the die-off, your fish tank or fish pond may end up with spikes in ammonia, nitrites and/or nitrates.
Ammonia and nitrites are especially harmful for your fish. Therefore, we recommend that you rinse the pebbles on a regular basis.
How to rinse Seachem Pond Matrix without killing beneficial bacteria
In order to rinse Seachem Pond Matrix without killing the beneficial bacteria living on it, we recommend that you take the following steps:
1. In terms of how often you should rinse the pebbles, we suggest doing so any time you decided to do a water change.
2. To start off, put the Pond Matrix in a water container or water bucket.
3. You can then add tank water or pond water into same container or bucket.
While you can use tap water, the chlorine or chloramine will harm the beneficial bacteria on the filter media if you don’t use a water conditioner beforehand.
Although you can also use distilled water, you will just be wasting it as you will be throwing the water in the container or bucket away.
Using the tank water or pond water you are planning to throw away during a water change is the most efficient method.
4. After adding tank or pond water, stir the pebbles around in the bucket or container for a minute or two to knock off any organic waste buildup from the pebbles and make them waterborne.
5. Afterwards, carefully pour out the dirty water from the bucket or container.
6. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 until you are satisfied.
7. After rinsing the filter media, you can put them back into the fish tank or fish pond.