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Old 10-30-2009, 04:33 PM   #11
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carbon (chemipure) is only about a month old. I run
it in a HOB Aquaclear 110. BTW its a 45g tank.

I was hesitant about replacing the foam because I always figured it would be a good place for beneficial bacteria to breed. Now that I'm thinking about it, i'm not sure if wringing it out in used tank water gets rid of more good or bad stuff though!!
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you should change carbon atleast once a month, on my cichlid tank i was doing pwcbut water never got really clear until i changed the carbon and the media and also ro/di water makes it nicer IMO
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I do use tap water but I've tested phosphates, ph, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate on my tap water and they all read 0. ..except ph!!
Have you made a batch of SW with your tap water and let it set 24-48 hrs and then tested it?
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:59 PM   #14
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Sponges seem to be a Nitrate factory, What i do with my aquaclear is run it as a fuge, I didnt notice if your tank was a reef tank or not. But a having some kind of plant or algea in your tank that consumes nitrates will help keep them low or at 0. On my 55 gallon I dont run any filtration except for the AC70 empty except with some chaeto macro algae in it my nitrates stay at 0. I use RO/DI water for top offs and PWCs (with salt for pwc's obviously). Just my .02 if you want to give it a go i have a ton of macro that i could trim for you and ship if you want to pay shipping.
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