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Old 11-04-2013, 09:57 PM   #11
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ok, update. removing the sponge caused a ton of bubbles as well as several (a dozen at least) small fragments of chaeto to enter the DT. Also a fair amount of gunk.

This begs the question: when doing aWC, siphon out the fuge or leave as is as pod food?
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:44 PM   #12
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ok, update. removing the sponge caused a ton of bubbles as well as several (a dozen at least) small fragments of chaeto to enter the DT. Also a fair amount of gunk.

This begs the question: when doing aWC, siphon out the fuge or leave as is as pod food?
If it were me, I would clean the sponge when doing a WC, rinse it with old tank water. This will get the bigger pieces of gunk off, but will not destroy the bacteria. As long as the pods can navigate through it, keep using it as a bubble trap.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:50 PM   #13
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Its there to prevent any gunk from going into the return pump.

I left mine in there, just gotta rinse it when you do tank maintenance..
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So what are people doing with these homemade sumps out of 40b? I don't see any sponges in those sumps?
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I use a filter sock on all my tanks, it catches the debris that might harm the pump.
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Ah yes! I forgot about the sock...
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