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Old 10-14-2004, 03:37 PM   #121
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Agreed on taking with a grain of salt, but I've seen several bad reviews of this salt on the net, plus my Reef shop in Philly said this stuff is really light on the elements (Crystal Sea). No wonder the other salt is almost double the money! Probably worth it though, especially if I don't have to worry about balancing Ca & alk. I'll do some searches here to see what Brands of salt people are happy with in reefs.
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Old 10-14-2004, 08:51 PM   #122
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My moonlights arrive tomorrow...

I'm either going to leave them on all the time, or put them on for 2 hours after my main lights have gone off, and 2 hours before they come on again the next day. This would leave 7 hours of darkness in the tank.

Which should I do?
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Old 10-15-2004, 03:25 AM   #123
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Up to you, I have a total of 4 hours darkness, but thats just me others have some sort of light on all the time?

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Old 10-15-2004, 06:33 PM   #124
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Steve: I'm actually going to pour the old saltwater out of a jug, through the media baskets while stirring them up. That be ok?
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Old 10-15-2004, 09:30 PM   #125
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Whichever I choose - taking the baskets out of the filter then pouring the water through them while stirring by hand, or pouring the media balls out into a bowl with the saltwater in it and stirring by hand that way, as long as it's done quickly (30mins), even if the media balls are not covered in water and in the open air, will I not lose any bacteria at all?
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Old 10-15-2004, 09:32 PM   #126
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Also, my filter has a wet/dry compartment with a sort of foam tube that floats up and down with the intake/output of water through the filter. I guess wet and dry bacterial colonies are living in there...

In the instructions, it says to open the compartment and lightly clean the foam tube with a soft sponge. If I do this (lightly clean it) and open the wet/dry compartment up, won't some (or all) of the wet/dry bacteria die in this compartment?
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Old 10-15-2004, 10:23 PM   #127
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Steve: I'm actually going to pour the old saltwater out of a jug, through the media baskets while stirring them up. That be ok?
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Whichever I choose - taking the baskets out of the filter then pouring the water through them while stirring by hand, or pouring the media balls out into a bowl with the saltwater in it and stirring by hand that way, as long as it's done quickly (30mins), even if the media balls are not covered in water and in the open air, will I not lose any bacteria at all?
The bacteria will be fine as long as the bioballs remain moist. They do not need to be submerged at all times. Extreme temp and pH swings will be the only thing to affect the bacteria otherwise.

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Also, my filter has a wet/dry compartment with a sort of foam tube that floats up and down with the intake/output of water through the filter. I guess wet and dry bacterial colonies are living in there...

In the instructions, it says to open the compartment and lightly clean the foam tube with a soft sponge. If I do this (lightly clean it) and open the wet/dry compartment up, won't some (or all) of the wet/dry bacteria die in this compartment?
The bacteria will be affected by wiping a smooth surface to some degree. If the chamber is anaerobic (which I doubt) it would also be affected just from opening it. You'll be able to tell if it's anaerobic as soon as you open it though. The smell of sulfur will be unmistakable. If no sulfur smell, your all good.

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I guess I could just rinse the foam tube with aquarium water, like I'm going to do with the balls, and not wipe it?

So, re bioballs: as long as I'm quick (within 30mins so that the balls don't dry out) and use the old aquarium water straight away to rinse them, ie. before it's had chance to cool down much, I'll be ok?
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I guess I could just rinse the foam tube with aquarium water, like I'm going to do with the balls, and not wipe it?
As I said, I did not know what the attached part contributes to the filtration so I am unsure what you should do. Is it just a simple foam prefilter for larger particles? Or something for denitrification?

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So, re bioballs: as long as I'm quick (within 30mins so that the balls don't dry out) and use the old aquarium water straight away to rinse them, ie. before it's had chance to cool down much, I'll be ok?
You should have plenty of time. It will take much longer than 30 min for something adverse to happen. Don't sweat it so much

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Just cleaned it - there wasn't much detritus in the filter at all!

I've left the wet/dry for now though. I don't think it's just a foam prefilter...will find out before I do anything with it
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