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Old 08-01-2012, 02:08 PM   #11
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Did you rinse the carbon and GFO well before putting it in the reactor? I lost 5 fish in my 75 and didnt know the cause. I have read several articles since that state if you dont rinse the gfo well enough, the "fines" (small peices) can pass into the water and harm the fish. Just a thought.
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:17 PM   #12
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Yes I ran a whole gallon through the reactor, as BulkReefSupply suggested to do
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:20 PM   #13
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I just did a 2 gallon water change and plane to do another 2 gallons tomorrow and the next day. Yes I do have live sand and live rock and running a reactor with carbon and GFO. I did the one water change already and they already seem to not be gasping for air as much, I def think it was the ammonia I just don't know how I got it, I just went through a move nothing horrible only took acouple hours to get everything moved and back up and running and set back up and then hooked up the new reactor, do you think I got it somehow through the move?
I think you got it from removing the most efficient part of your bio filter. The hob filter you removed probably did a large part of the bio filtration. Keep up with the water changes, and the lr and ls will catch up, provided you have enough surface area.
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Yeah but it was just one of those cheapo HOB filter and all I was running was carbon and some biomax the reactor has to be better than that thing
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Yeah but it was just one of those cheapo HOB filter and all I was running was carbon and some biomax the reactor has to be better than that thing
Carbon, at least is a great media for bacteria to grow on, which is one reason most people recommend changing it 1/2 to 1/3 at a time. Like I said if you have enough surface area, it will recover pretty quickly. Depending on how warm you keep your aquarium turn the heat up a bit and that will speed it up. Probably 82 and bring it up slowly. Also make sure you have good surface agitation for oxygenation.
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Yeah my tank right now is running at about 82 cuz of the heat and I made the out of the reactors close to the surface so the top is now moving and will continue on the water changes, hope this works and they can pull through I have had these guys from the beginning. Thanks for all the help guys!!!!!!!
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