How to add Clinofish to your pond filter tank
1. Remove Filter cover. Remove ordinary filter sand from filter tank by hand or using the sand drain plug (if equipped). Once done, fill half the filter tank with tap water.
2. Slowly add Clinofish to half the tank volume and close the lid.
3. In intervals of approximately 15 seconds, alternate several times between the backwash and rinse cycle on you filter valve. This process removes any fines generated during transport and should be repeated until the water exiting your discharge pipe remains clear when the valve is switched between the backwash and rinse cycle. NOTE: Every time your valve is changed from backwash to rinse, and vice-versa, ensure that your pump motor is switched off.
4. Turn off the filter pump, remove the cover and top up with Clinofish to the normal sand level. Close the filter cover.
How to Regenerate Clinofish
Unsaturated Clinofish never stops working. It absorbs ammonia from your pond water on a 24 hour basis. Consequently over time, the Clinofish will become saturated with ammonia, and needs to be regenerated. The time between regenerations can vary depending on fish loads and the age of the pond. It is suggested that you frequently monitor ammonia levels using a good quality ammonia test kit and regenerate the Clinofish when you notice ammonia levels rising. You may have to regenerate more often with higher fish loads or during frequent thunderstorm activity.
Regeneration of Clinofish is an easy process using a salt solution:
- Switch off your filter pump.
- Unscrew the lid of your filter tank.
- Drain the water completely from your filter tank.
- Remove the Clinofish from the filter tank and place it in a large bath or trough. (To prevent the salt solution accidentally entering your pond water).
- Add a solution of brine (10% salt solution or 1kg rock salt per 10 litres water) over the Clinofish filter media so that the Clinofish is fully submerged in the salt solution.
- Leave the Clinofish to soak in the salt solution overnight.
- In the morning, drain the bath or trough of the brine. Rinse the Clinofish media with fresh water a few times to remove excess salt from the Clinofish media. (Make sure you rinse with FRESH uncontaminated water)
- Replace the Clinofish media back into the filter pump.
- Screw on the filter tank lid and turn the pump valve to the backwash cycle and backwash for 1 minute.
- Select the rinse cycle for a further 2 minutes and then return to the filter cycle.
Your Clinofish is now fresh and ready for more ammonia removal!
Note: instead of regenerating your Clinofish, you may choose to fully replace it with fresh Clinofish. Simply spread your old "ammonia-loaded" Clinofish on your lawn and watch your grass grow! Used Clinofish acts as the perfect slow release fertilizer for your lawn and flower beds! Best of all, it is completely natural!