Originally Posted by mskohl
But, just for future reference, if I use the emperor 400 on the QT
, I need to take out the carbon filter and the poly filters? Will the hypo salinity kill the bacteria on the biowheels? How about if I use the copper treatment?
If you use hyposalinity (most recommended) as a treatment, the 400 can remain intact with the carbon and such. This will actually help with water quality, especailly if the floss is a true <<Polyfilter>>
. Hyposalinity will retard the bacteria some as they are greatly affected by the changes in pH during the initial salinity drop. You must be especially careful to monitor pH and alk
throughout the process as it will have a tendancey to fall some due to the diluted chemistry of the lowered salinity. The bacteria will however survive overall and help keep the QT
water quality healthy.
With copper, the carbon and Polyfilter
would need removing as it will sorb copper. If a simple floss material, it can stay. Bacteria are greatly affected by copper treatments and most will destroy the biofilter completely. Cupramine
will allow some small amount of bacteria to survive but it is a slow process in rebuilding the cultures as the treatment progresses. You will need to rely mostly on daily (medicated) water changes to maintain water quality.