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Old 12-12-2013, 08:59 PM   #1471
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But decrease the lifespan of their filters if their filtration system has any.
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That's their cost, but doubtful on decreasing the life span...they offered it up!
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Continued updating. I cleaned 2 of the powerheads today. I couldn't remember if I had removed and cleaned the actual guts of them down to the magnet or not, so I ensured I did so on these 2 to try to increase performance. I thought that while I was at it, I would take a picture of the worst overgrown of all my powerheads. This is the one that sits below my return from the sump. Almost embarrassing, to be honest, that it got to this level without me noticing.
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Only one pump left to clean...cleaning things out has been pushing sand around while I was at work. So this is tech a good thing in terms of flow!
I'm not really doing a water change this week. As was previously discussed, I took down the sump and cleaned it and everything inside it. That ended up being a much larger water change. If I normally do between 4-5 a week, the sump ended up holding 15 gallons. So that should help by not only exporting any possible issues, but also removing all the sediment in the sump. If anyone asks if filter socks are important, then this issue could have been avoided if I had always had some going on the sump early in its life.
The sump is currently sitting there mixing as I am using it as a large bucket to mix its own water up. After salinity is reached, I'll move the heater back into the sump and shortly there after start the system up again.
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So, the dormitory I supervise won an award so I have an extra 100 coming my way. I might be able to buy a vortech! So the question returns, mp10 or 40? The power of the 40 scares me lol.
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:07 PM   #1476
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So, the dormitory I supervise won an award so I have an extra 100 coming my way. I might be able to buy a vortech! So the question returns, mp10 or 40? The power of the 40 scares me lol.

I have an mp40 in my 45 I like it, you don't have to turn it up all the way. I figured it's better to run the 40 half way up than run the 10 all the way up. All though I run my mp40 at about 75% to keep detritus or anything building up in the rocks.
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Understandable. That is what my train of thought is as well...guess I'm just gun shy on a more expensive purchase.
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:18 PM   #1478
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Understandable. That is what my train of thought is as well...guess I'm just gun shy on a more expensive purchase.

I lucked out and got mine cheap, a buddy of mine had just upgraded to mp60s. If you can afford it though, go for it!
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Continued updating. I cleaned 2 of the powerheads today. I couldn't remember if I had removed and cleaned the actual guts of them down to the magnet or not, so I ensured I did so on these 2 to try to increase performance. I thought that while I was at it, I would take a picture of the worst overgrown of all my powerheads. This is the one that sits below my return from the sump. Almost embarrassing, to be honest, that it got to this level without me noticing.
Holy Coraline algae batman, Great on the rocks not so much on jets!
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It isn't coraline sadly, it is the last remains of a red hair algae bloom going on in my tank.
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