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Old 06-02-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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sponge on return pump

There is a sponge on the return pump in my sump, should I take it off? It is covered in nasty and chaeto. Also there is a metal clamp holding the hose to the pump, it is rusted, should I remove that as well and use a zip tie?

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if its aluminum or stainless steel it won't rust. as for the sponge, you should indeed take it out or you could have nitrate increase
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if its aluminum or stainless steel it won't rust. as for the sponge, you should indeed take it out or you could have nitrate increase
It is rusted, so should I take it off? I can't imagine rust is a good thing for a tank?
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then yes it could release some iron and other stuff into your water columb
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Thanks leo for the help, removed both. The sponge was very disgusting, blah, yuck. I have filter floss on the intake that I change every few days, but left that sponge on there from when I got the tank. Hopefully some of the new media, removing the bio balls, and now that sponge will get the nitrates down even more.
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