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Old 02-21-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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Filtration Requirements

Hi all,

Just a query in regards to filtration, in particular canister filtration.

Now my understanding is that firstly the filters should provide enough flow to turn over your tanks water 4-5 times per hour.

However from what I also understand the filters need to have enough surface area to support the bioload of the tank (Or fish in the tank).

Is there a rule of thumb as to whether a filter/s will provide enough surface area to support a tank bioload? Or am I just confused?

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Alot of HOB filters nowdays come with a 4"-6"- 1/2" bio-media pad and IME 1 of these pads have enough area on them for an optimal amount of aerobic bacteria to filter about 20gal. per pad.
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Add more media (particularly porous media) if you want to increase surface area for bacteria to grow.
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Alot of HOB filters nowdays come with a 4"-6"- 1/2" bio-media pad and IME 1 of these pads have enough area on them for an optimal amount of aerobic bacteria to filter about 20gal. per pad.
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Add more media (particularly porous media) if you want to increase surface area for bacteria to grow.
Thanks for the replies

Does this mean that I could assume, but not guarantee, that most filters whose flow is 4-5 times combined the volume of my tank will have enough surface area to support the bio-load of a usual stocking of such a tank size?
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This is fine as long as your stocked appropriately and are not keeping very messy fish. Adding extra porous media is always a good idea, too. Goldfish, for example, need filtration minimum 10x the tank size in order to be adequate for their high bioload & messiness. Theres probably a few other species that fall into this category as well.
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This is fine as long as your stocked appropriately and are not keeping very messy fish. Adding extra porous media is always a good idea, too. Goldfish, for example, need filtration minimum 10x the tank size in order to be adequate for their high bioload & messiness. Theres probably a few other species that fall into this category as well.
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