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Old 07-24-2012, 01:43 PM   #1
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Liverock in canister

Just a quick statement but I recently switched out the ceramic media in my canister filter w live rock rubble and it worked great! Notice a big difference in clarity and a healthy looking tank overall!
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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What kind of canister? I have a magnum 350 laying around I thought about filling the media compartment with small live rock and the space outside with bigger prices. Leaving about two inches inside canister with air to get oxygen mixing with water before sent back to tank.
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Fluval 306. Still running carbon and sponges. It has about 4 chambers for different filtration. Those ceramic pieces that they recommend from factory are nitrate factories.
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Fluval 306. Still running carbon and sponges. It has about 4 chambers for different filtration. Those ceramic pieces that they recommend from factory are nitrate factories.
Canister filters in general are nitrate factories if you don't keep up with maintenance.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:46 AM   #5
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your nitrate levels are directly proportionate to your amonia levels, canister filters do not produce nitrates they simply convert amonia to nitrite and then to nitrate
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your nitrate levels are directly proportionate to your amonia levels, canister filters do not produce nitrates they simply convert amonia to nitrite and then to nitrate
Hence why I said if you don't keep up with maintenance.
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just the way the conversation was heading it sounded as though people were blaming nitrates on the filters as if somehow the filter was creating the nitrates
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Oh okay, fair enough.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:41 AM   #9
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I don't even have to test my water and I can tell you that the live rock in my canister does a better job than that ceramic media that they come with. I do maintenance like clockwork by the way.
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just the way the conversation was heading it sounded as though people were blaming nitrates on the filters as if somehow the filter was creating the nitrates
Skimmers are more effective in keeping nitrates down , since they remove waste from the water column and if a filter isn't cleaned often a lot of waste will build up, I have noticed a drop in nitrates after removing my canister completely , I have the fluvol 206 and I only use it once and a while to run some GFO with no sponges if a testing to high for phosphates , if you clean out ur filter on a weekly basis I think you should be fine. I always noticed left over food in my filter sponges but I use frozen foods so it dosent float on the water surface until all eaten.

Just a question though, how long we're you running this canister ? Since the ceramic media dose not have live bacteria on it an will need time to produce this and since you LR dose ... All you did there was speed up the time it would have taken to grow the bacteria normally ( which is not a bad thing at all )
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