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Old 09-04-2015, 11:10 PM   #11
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Yeah honestly I have not really been impressed by matrix but purigen really does wonders.
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Old 09-05-2015, 07:16 AM   #12
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What to put in an empty HoB?

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Totally not. The matrix though I'm far from sold on it being useful in saltwater applications.
But in terms of what else could go in there, I think that the filter floss or any type of similar would be the best benefit to the system in terms of pulling out the big chunks of gunk that need removed from your system. I have circular sponges that I use on my tank in my overflow before it goes down into the filter socks and towards the skimmer and media that I run in the system. Clean it out once a week by switching out the sponges that I rinse out. Not a big deal and easy step during water changes where you can even use the water change water to rinse.

Yeah, I'm quite liking the sound of a couple sponges in there...

In fact, I think I have a few spare FX6 sponges just waiting to be used.


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+1 not really sure they are needed in freshwater either, if your already not getting an ammonia or nitrite reading not sure what more bio media is going to do lol.
Could just put a piece of sponge there while you figure out something more useful?






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Well I don't bother testing Am or Trites so I just assume they're undetectable.

Trates have always hovered around the 1ppm mark, and that's with a Clown and a Royal Gramma as my fish stock.

I guess that's where I want to be considering I'm only keeping Softies.

I might go with the sponges.


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Old 09-05-2015, 08:30 AM   #14
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Well I don't bother testing Am or Trites so I just assume they're undetectable.

Trates have always hovered around the 1ppm mark, and that's with a Clown and a Royal Gramma as my fish stock.

I guess that's where I want to be considering I'm only keeping Softies.

I might go with the sponges.


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Want a picture lol.

Mines a 15g with an o. Clown and purple firefish, no coral yet though.


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Old 09-05-2015, 04:08 PM   #15
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Want a picture lol.

Mines a 15g with an o. Clown and purple firefish, no coral yet though.


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Ooooh! I fancied a Firefish but I'm a tad afraid of the jumping.

Anyways, a pic:

I apologise for the fact that Apple don't know how to make cameras...


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At this point IMO the sponges will be mechanical(or atleast I hope you know you will need to rinse them so they don't become large nitrate factories), and would say the filter floss suggested earlier is a better choice (again IMO).
The area of a sponge to become biological is wonderful if that is what you use the sponge for.
I am the sponge guy(BIO IS BIO).
So if you will have to squeeze/rinse the sponge every week or two why not floss?
I don't run HOBs on any of my marine (all sump and all spoiled!) but I run many aquaclears on my freshwater and have filter floss on top of everything as last filter.
Really does catch some crap.
Throwing out weekly is easier IMO then rinsing,and provides perfectly clean new media.
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The sponge suggestion isn't about the bio, it is just to catch the big chunks like filter floss. Either will work. I use a sponge just because you can't wrap filter floss around a cylinder in a HOB overflow very well.
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Ooooh! I fancied a Firefish but I'm a tad afraid of the jumping.

Anyways, a pic:

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Very nice! Mine Click image for larger version

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The sponge suggestion isn't about the bio, it is just to catch the big chunks like filter floss. Either will work. I use a sponge just because you can't wrap filter floss around a cylinder in a HOB overflow very well.

+ plus easier to clean


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Very nice! Mine Attachment 277561
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That's a whole lotta rock!


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