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Old 01-09-2005, 10:49 PM   #11
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OK, SW chemistry is different but even in FW charcoal should be chagned out every month. Any longer than that and it starts to leach back into the water. I know the cannisters say 3 months, but it's just too long.

In SW most recommend 1 week out the month for GAC.

NO to AMMO chips. Ammonia and Nitrite need to be ZERO and if FO then nitrates should be under 40-50.

I just got a 30gal to use as a QT for an 8 week treatment. I'll be using a Aquacleaer 150 on that and changing the pads 2 or 3 times in that 8 week period. I'll be doing pwc every day to stay on top of NH3/NO2/NO3, (Ammonia/Nitrite/Nitrate).

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