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Old 12-13-2005, 04:55 PM   #1
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Mechanical filtration

OK so I have a question for everyone... i have a 90g with a basement fuge.. my 90g overflow goes down to two rubbermaid holding tanks - one with my ps and one with a ton of chaeto macro algae. From these two, water flows from the top to a middle rubbermaid tank which contains my return pump and nothing else.

I have been having a terrible algae issue...it is growing uncontrollably everywhere - I have small traces of phosphates (0.05mg/L), use RO water, and have a cleanup crew (my snails seem to die quite quickly for some reason, but fish, shrimp seem to be fine)... anyway I thought that perhaps an issue might be that I never included mechanical filtration in my basement setup.

I recently started adding some cheap polyester floss to the returns mentioned above in some media trays that I devised (using egg crate), and change those once a week. They seem to trap quite a bit of brown stuff!

First, do any of you use any form of mechanical filtration in a LR-based filtration system? And might the additional removal of this stuff aide in my algae problem?
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i think it helps as long as you make sure to clean it often, at least once or twice a week. also try using a very fine media. poly filter maybe? i noticed that mine turns brown quite fast also.
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First thing to do is to tackle the PO4 issue. Are you using RO water or RO/DI water? A standard RO unit will do nothing to get rid of PO4. What are you feeding, how do you prepare it and how often?
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Yes. I run PURA filtration pads (combo of mechanical and chemical filtration) in my large reef and Poly Filter in my nano.
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No. The algae isssue is a product of too many excess nutrients in the water and mechanical filtration will really do nothing to help with it.
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Thanks for the info - I have only a RO filter now, I'll get an RO/DI. I feed very little, infrequently - every other day, or every third day, spirulina flakes mixed with Nu Life Spectrum thera-A.

I'll change the poly fiber filter once a week or more, it certainly seems to be taking things out of the water, which can't be bad.
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