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Old 03-09-2011, 10:02 PM   #11
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Yeah but my HOB filter doesn't have cartridges. I have the porcelain rings till I can afford some LR rubble
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Just go buy a single 1lb LR, and when you get home take a hammer to it to break it up. Check CL. someone locally is bound to be dumping some off for 2-3 dollars a pound.

*Edit* Nevermind on CL. I didn't realize it doesn't exist for Carson City, and there isn't really anything listed in Reno/Elko/or Vegas.
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I will for sure. We have CL it's listed as lake tahoe/reno. Only one pound? Does the area need to be full of LR or does just a little need to be in there?
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Amount actually depends on hob filter size. My ac 70 took a pound, so that's what I'm going on. Fill it about 1/2 3/4 full. I put macro algae under my live rock to hold it down and help with nitrate filtering. But then you need to light the compartment, too.
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Oh ok well I'm not quite there yet. I don't have the ability to do that so will it be ok to just throw the rock in there? Without algae I mean? I have spent so much already due to the fact that I started with absolutely nothing! I think I'm gonna sell one of my guns for some more tank money!
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Yes. Lr only would be ok.
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so if you're saying theres no point to carbon in a filter then whats the point to having a filter just get a power head with a filterpad on it in that case.
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The point of having the filter is the mechanical filtration and the biological filtration. Most of your beneficial bacteria make there home there. And the fish fiches are filter out. Carbon has it's needs as mentioned above.
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