Thread: AquaClear 70 question.....
04-21-2014, 04:50 PM #1
AquaClear 70 question.....
Is it possible to overload your filter with media? I currently have 1 sponge, 1 zeo-carb bag and 3 bio max bags. I noticed that my water test as far as nitrates are concerned, it's changed. I was at a steady 5, as of late, it's gone up. Could it be because the filter is overloaded with stuff?37 Gallon Community: (2)Diamond Tetra (1) Bushy Nose Pleco (3) Silvertip Tetra (5) rummy nose tetra (1) "fancy" angel (3) Serpae Tetra (2) Marci Rainbow (2) Gold Dust Molly (8) Plants
04-21-2014, 04:54 PM #2
Not overloaded, per se, but media does need rinsing regularly or nitrates build up in it..
So long as flow is not seriously impeded, you're good to fill it up.20gal long planted community
04-21-2014, 04:55 PM #3
Not sure what the "zeo-carb" bag is, but all I have in mine is the sponge and as much bio media rings as I could fit, while keeping them below the surface of the water...overfilling a filter should not cause nitrates to rise, unless it is VERY dirty
04-21-2014, 05:16 PM #4
The zeo carb is carbon bag that has something else to help remove ammonia. Everything I have in the basket is still fully submerged. During every weekly WC, I clean the sponge and swish around the carbon and biomax bags to remove any type of debris in the "dirty" water I removed from tank.37 Gallon Community: (2)Diamond Tetra (1) Bushy Nose Pleco (3) Silvertip Tetra (5) rummy nose tetra (1) "fancy" angel (3) Serpae Tetra (2) Marci Rainbow (2) Gold Dust Molly (8) Plants
04-21-2014, 05:21 PM #5
04-21-2014, 05:35 PM #6
Yeah I only have the carbon when I'm needing to leach out any medicine I might have used. Other than that I leave it out and add more bio media. After I do a water change I'll stuff some poly-fill in there to grab any debris I stirred up. Then through it out after an hour or two.Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.
You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.
04-21-2014, 05:46 PM #7
04-21-2014, 05:59 PM #8
2When in doubt, do a water change.
"This ain't rocket science!"
04-21-2014, 06:39 PM #9
You may have to rinse your media in treated clean water - if the used tank water has high nitrates, and you are cleaning your nitrate high media in it, you aren't really removing much nitrates. As a lot of people use this method obviously there's nothing wrong with it, but if you are finding high nitrates even after cleaning your filter out, your tank may require you to step up the cleaning a notch.20gal long planted community
04-22-2014, 08:31 PM #10Junior Member Guppy
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I recently removed everything but the bio-max from my AC20 in my 29gal. It fits one bio-max bag from an AC70 and two from an AC20. Water flows well. It's been about a month and ammonia and nitrites have remained zero.
Much easier to clean since there is no sponge to collect fish droppings. Every water change gets the gravel vacuumed to remove the solid wastes, so I don't feel the need for mechanical filtration. I also don't have any live plants and easy access to almost all the gravel to vacuum.