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Old 02-26-2015, 09:57 AM   #11
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Canister or HOB...both will cause nitrate problems if not regularly maintained. The trouble is detritus building up inside the filter. If you take the floss, or filter pad out and rinse it regularly, you won't have any trouble with it. There is no denitrifying bacteria in mechanical filters, so they leave you with nitrate. Putting rock rubble in a HOB filter will probably do the same thing as anything else in a filter- if not regularly rinsed to get all the collected detritus off.

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Naaaah, mechanical filters are great in reef aquariums. Just make sure you never use a canister, this is bad...

Filter like Fluval C3 or Fluval C4, or Aquaclears are good, the sponges are easy to remove and to clean...

I clean mine once a week and everything is fine.

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Any type of mechanical filtration can work. The problem comes on them simply not being maintained right. If you don't clean a canister weekly, of course it will become a nitrate sink! Same can be said if you don't change out your filter socks or anything else for that matter.

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