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Thread: Filter Maintenance
01-11-2013, 08:40 PM #21
Again, why have the charcoal rather than the fiber fill? Leaving the carbon you are adding a restriction to water flow for zer benifit; rather, move the floss from between the filter elements and put it in place of the worthless carbon (really activated charcoal.)
Otherwise, what you did is what that type of cartridge requires; however, rinising out both pads you lose a great deal of all the bacteria.
01-14-2013, 05:03 PM #22
Hope it works well for you and doesn't bother the water flow, let me know.
when I had my aqueon I had the idea of making a board of ceramic bead (fluvial ceramic rings) using fishing line and netting skills that would fit in front of the bio-holster still being easily removable during cleanings. Just for an idea.
01-14-2013, 05:49 PM #23
0Originally Posted by Delphe
I think the key was the added filter fiber I put in. It effectively doubled or tripled the filtering surface area of each filter pad. Sure there is some worthless carbon in there, but once the water gets around the carbon and through that filter pad, it has another half inch or so of polyester to go through, twice. Plus, the added bio media can do nothing but help the BB levels. BTW - I got the idea from an old forum post on this site.
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01-14-2013, 07:00 PM #24
"I got the idea from an old forum post on this site".
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01-16-2013, 07:04 AM #25
In regards to a canister filter...
When you say bio-media should go last, is that at the top or bottom? My canisters are set up this way from top to bottom. Fine floss, course sponge and then bio-media (rings) on the bottom.
Im never sure where the water enters the canister from the tank, top or bottom?Fiiiiiiiiiiissssshhhhhh!
01-16-2013, 09:58 AM #26
0Originally Posted by CrazedMichael
If your basket's have a special 'tube' that has a seal to the top, then it too will require fine media on the bottom and bio-media higher up.
01-16-2013, 11:37 AM #27
Let me just try and see if im understanding you correctly. I have 2 Dolphin canisters. When i open it you can see a 'tube' going through all 3 baskets. When you remove each basket it breaks up said tube.
So what you are saying is, once water enters the canister from the tank, it first goes down that 'tube' to the bottom. Flows up through the baskets and then gets sucked back to the tank from the top?Fiiiiiiiiiiissssshhhhhh!
01-17-2013, 03:34 PM #28
The tube should be on the inlet side so look at your pipes, water goes to bottom so thats where you need mechanical filtration (sponge) and out the top through your bio filtration (bio-max, ceramics etc) and back to your tank.1) 140 gallon with 70 gallon sump. 1 German Rams, 50 neons , 16 Schwarzi cory, 10 harlequin rasbora, 6 Hengals Rasbora, 2 Bulldog Plecs, 4x dwarf Gouramis, 12 golden barbs, 12 cherry barbs,8 Yellow Boesemani Rainbows and loads of assasin snails. Sump has central heating pump. water flows through a 4 layer foam and 1- 2kg of bio, also has a 18"x 18" algae scrubber that works well. fluval U2 to transfer to my QT when needed
01-17-2013, 04:00 PM #29
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