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Old 10-09-2011, 03:44 AM   #1
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Canister filter

Do anybody use canister filters on the salt water tanks ? And if you do what would you suggest on a 65 gallon tank?
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:37 AM   #2
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yes they do, but i would suggest cleaning the filter fairly regularly. the build up of uneaten food and fish poop in the filter will be a source of nitrate in the tank.
many folks have gravitated to the protein skimmer as a source of mechanical filtration over the canister filter.
i can't recommend a filter for you because i don't use them.
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So would the amount of nitrate be an indication of when it needs to be cleaned? My nitrates stay very stable at below 5. I am just wondering if I would start to see that increasing as the canester starts to need a good cleaning.
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if you were thinking reef with inverts, i would probably want to clean it out weekly. i would not want to wait until i saw the nitrates, and use that as a gauge. if it's just a fish tank, i wouldn't worry as much, but still, low nitrate levels aren't ever going to hurt.
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I hear you. Cleaned mine out about 3 weeks ago. I went two weeks without a PWC and nitrates were right at 5. Did the PWC last Sunday and just ran my tests and Nitrate is at about 2. By the way, I took your advice and ditched the glass top. Hope the paracube lens keeps all my jumpers in.
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I know i'm a little late to this, BUT! on my 60 Gallon reef tank i use a fluval xf5, which is rated up to 400 gallons. It does an amazing job on it. I've had it running for about a year now and i have 0 complaints. Amazon has it on sale for like 50 percent off or so, it was definitely a no brainer.
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