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  1. Default AquaClear 70 question.....


    0 Not allowed!
    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?
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    0 Not allowed!
    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

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    0 Not allowed!
    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
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    0 Not allowed!
    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

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    Here's to the 4th and nose hair fiascos! - Taurus got otos - cm12setx otos -- yay - RiversGirl Oto - SeaLady Heres to getting the fish we like and the 4th of July wich was nice enough to be on a friday! - steeler58 
    Using some of my winnings on friends and you probably could use some coffee :) - steeler58 So very sorry :( - steeler58 TGIF! May the good Lord be with you and your family Matt. - Taurus Have a cyber-miller and forget about "trolls" first person I saw that did not like you, LOL!! - steeler58 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
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    10,000 posts is worth a monetary donation - well almost :o) congrats - fishmommie For wanting to try something new! - steeler58 Have a cup pn me for some great conversation this morning :) - steeler58 T.G.I.F. back at you buddy! - steeler58 BEER!!! - Compass 
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    4 Not allowed!
    I'd ditch the carbon and fill it with bio media only...the way you are cleaning the filter is just fine
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    1 Not allowed!
    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.

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    Here's to the 4th and nose hair fiascos! - Taurus got otos - cm12setx otos -- yay - RiversGirl Oto - SeaLady Heres to getting the fish we like and the 4th of July wich was nice enough to be on a friday! - steeler58 
    Using some of my winnings on friends and you probably could use some coffee :) - steeler58 So very sorry :( - steeler58 TGIF! May the good Lord be with you and your family Matt. - Taurus Have a cyber-miller and forget about "trolls" first person I saw that did not like you, LOL!! - steeler58 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
    welcome back from vacation - showmebutterfly Congrats on 10,000 brother! - KevinVA Have another for reaching 10,000 posts!! - steeler58 Here's to the next 10,000 posts. - Compass To the 10 grand man! Congrats. - Taurus 
    10,000 posts is worth a monetary donation - well almost :o) congrats - fishmommie For wanting to try something new! - steeler58 Have a cup pn me for some great conversation this morning :) - steeler58 T.G.I.F. back at you buddy! - steeler58 BEER!!! - Compass 
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    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    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.
    That's a good idea
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  8. #8

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    2 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Asult316 View Post
    The zeo carb is carbon bag that has something else to help remove ammonia. Everything I have in the basket is still fully submerged.
    I'm guessing that the zero carb is a combination of carbon and zeolite. Zeolite absorbs ammonia. It would be better to remove the zero carb and replace it with bio media in the form of biomax or other ceramic media to house beneficial bacteria.
    When in doubt, do a water change.

    "This ain't rocket science!"

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    Why thank-you - Cliff The grammar crab has you in its grasp! D: - Trillianne Thanks for the clarification - Mith A few clown for the fellow SW clowns. :D - ILuvMyGoldBarb sorry about your angelfish - smaug 
    Many cultures donw through the ages have known that Ice cream is the perfect band-aid for all occasions. ~  Sorry for your loss. - 850R Here's some Christmass Cheer, Happy Holidays Sheamurai - Cliff merry xmas, keep good care of him - genocidex Beer! The perfect gift for any occasion - Merry Chrismas! - 850R I'm glad your here and a active forum member - Cliff 
    penguin for a friend XD - genocidex Thanks for the help with that spammer !!! - Cliff Thank you for the kind words - Cliff Merry Christmas - Cliff To help you re-stock the tank - Cliff 
    Discus and Beer! - Sandz To Discus Days!!! - JudiJetson For very clear advice! - houdini56 Happy Holidays! - Rue Happy Easter! - Slaphppy7 

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    3 Not allowed!
    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

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    1 Not allowed!
    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.

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