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Old 11-03-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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filter sponge?

I have a 29g biocube with a fuge in the 2nd chamber. There is a filter sponge between the return pump and the fuge. It is a pretty coarse material. My question is should it stay or should it go? Like I said, it's coarse, but coarse enough for 'pods to travel?
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:43 AM   #3
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Is it there to serve as a bubble trap?
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no idea, I never considered that. Should I remove it and see what happens? Doubt any chaeto will enter DT, it is stuck together well.
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no idea, I never considered that. Should I remove it and see what happens? Doubt any chaeto will enter DT, it is stuck together well.
You could... Any pics you could post?
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It's probably there for a bubble trap. I've seen those in a few premade sumps at my LFS but I wondered how much flow they'd restrict over time as they get gunked up?
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It's probably there for a bubble trap. I've seen those in a few premade sumps at my LFS but I wondered how much flow they'd restrict over time as they get gunked up?
That is exactly what made me wonder. I did my WC and removed ~50% of my chaeto, then pulled the sponge to clean it, and saw it was very gunked up. Now, gunk removal is great, but why have a refugium if the pods can not pass through to the DT?
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You could... Any pics you could post?
Not sure what you want a pic of, this is simply a coarse sponge between the fuge and the return pump.
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Not sure what you want a pic of, this is simply a coarse sponge between the fuge and the return pump.
Just didn't know if it stood upright, laid down, etc... That's all.
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No way to ge a pic of it 'in situ', so I'll do my best to describe it. At the bottem of the seperating wall, there is a box like holder for the sponge. The sponge itselfis roughly 3x3x1 and fits into to holder. Link to the actual sponge JBJ 28 Gallon Nano Cube HQI - Replacement Sponge
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