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Old 02-28-2011, 07:51 PM   #11
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That is why I keep Watchman Gobies, they dig constantly. The forced flow sand filter is still being used by all the major aquariums in the country coupled to a protein skimmer. I think they are far more efficient than bio balls or the like. You are right about the nitrates, that is why I also run a large algae turf scrubber. The only non-chemical way I know to remove nitrate is by growing and discarding algae.
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but why run a fluidized bed filter and a turf scrubber? why not just run the turf scrubber? super heavy bio load?
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I probably could, but I like the fact the protein skimmer directly lifts long chain organics directly out of the water. The sand filter is basically a backup to the algae scrubber, as it cycles itself (found that out the hard way, the algae actually changes it variety and characteristics). As long as you aren't adding chemicals, I don't think you can over filtrate the water. My system is almost always run "open" with no fine filter blocking small organism growth. The only time I filter particulate matter is if I am stirring things up and cloud the water.
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i agree with not being able to over filter. i'm also an advocate for a massive protein skimmer (relative to tank volume) on systems over...about 40 gallons or so.
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Amen. A really vigorous protein skimmer is at the heart of a good filtration system for a reef.
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