Remove the stuff first, before unplugging the filter. Depending on what is attaching to the strainers, there are several ways of doing this. Algae scrubbing pads, paper towels, little wire brushes, your hand, etc. Just be sure whatever you use is aquarium and fish safe. Also, unless you have live plants, there should not be a lot of stuff getting caught, so you may want to vacuum more often or reduce feeding.
Date published: 2017-05-24