Originally Posted by manbeast
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 )