When you get it, take all the foam out. Fill 2 or 3 of the 4 media baskets with LR
rubble (small pieces of LR
) . Leave 1 or 2 media baskets open. In the future if you need to run carbon, GFO
, or anything else you can pop the top open and use the empty media baskets for that.
With the foam out and using LR
rubble there is very little maintenance. Basically a 1 gallon sump with a pump included
With no foam media, the 'nitrate factory' phrase you'll hear talked about is greatly reduced.