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Old 05-30-2006, 03:50 AM   #11
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Bio-Chem Zorb

Nitra-Zorb

Phos-Zorb

Zeolite Ammonia Remover

etc, and if not why not?
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Old 05-30-2006, 08:02 AM   #12
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There is no need for Ammonia remover because it should never be present in your tank anyway. No need to "remove it".

For the Nitra remover, just do water changes, no need for "special" media. You have to do them anyway to remove the excess DOC.

For the phos guard, I've never had a problem with excess phosphate. Actually, right now it would help if I actually HAD phosphates. Water changes and proper care will reduce the phosphate anyway.

I've never found a need to use any "specialty" media. It seems like a waste of money.
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Old 05-30-2006, 05:11 PM   #13
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I just use sponges and have some pieces of old coral to naturally raise ph and kh in the tank as well as help provide Ca for snails.

Before frequenting this place, I also used carbon all the time and some of the expensive speicalty media, but after tossing em for more sponges, my water actually looks better I think.
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So in the 4 baskets I should have the...

Pre-Filter
Sponge
Polywool
Ceramic Rings

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Also is there any difference with what I should use Based on the Fish In My Tank? (certain fish need anything special?)

..Sorry for all the questions I am just trying to get the best Aquarium I can.

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i use carbon , sponge and rings. i have a fluval 403.
and my water is good?
i have no problems.
its always used carbon in all my tanks.
it just came like that i never changed it?
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Old 05-30-2006, 05:48 PM   #16
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Polywool
Ceramic Rings

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Also is there any difference with what I should use Based on the Fish In My Tank? (certain fish need anything special?)
The list looks good.

No special needs that I can think of...(no carbon in my xp3 either)
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The only thing that may want to be used (depending on the fish and your pH and hardness) would be peat or cc. But unnless you are trying to breed your fish, it doesn't matter the level as long as it is consistant.
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My PH is stable now but I am however using Peat Fibre currently....

I am currently not focussed on breeding my fish but I would like them to be healthy nevertheless
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They will still be healthy with a higher or lower pH than what is listed as ideal. My Angels, Rams, Rummies, and Serpae's are doing just fine at 8.2.
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same as everyine else, bottome tray has two sponges first coarse and second fine. middle basket has ceramic rings and another fine foam pad. top basket has 2 layers of floss. As far as the carbon goes, only for removing meds but I will put in some carbon every 6 months for around 2 weeks just to help clean the slight amount of tanins my driftwood puts out, plus it keeps any smells away.
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