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Old 07-14-2014, 02:27 AM   #11
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am I better setting up the horizontal canister at the level of the top of the tank or the bottom
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Indeed, the pot scrubbers may only be good for aerobic bacteria, but they still have more surface are per volume than lava rocks. You have no idea how much, if any internal areas of lava stones are accessible to anaerobic bacteria. you also don't know if they are having any effect. While nitrate levels may be the indicator we use to determine size and frequency of water changes, they are not the only metabolic wastes present, none of which we test for.
Nitrate levels are hardly the biggest obstacle to water quality since they are easily reduced by doing a water change. They can be prevented in the first place by keeping filters clean of solid debris. Removing it from the tank before it breaks down, hidden away in a cannister, will slow the rise of nitrates.
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Indeed, the pot scrubbers may only be good for aerobic bacteria, but they still have more surface are per volume than lava rocks. You have no idea how much, if any internal areas of lava stones are accessible to anaerobic bacteria. you also don't know if they are having any effect. While nitrate levels may be the indicator we use to determine size and frequency of water changes, they are not the only metabolic wastes present, none of which we test for.
Nitrate levels are hardly the biggest obstacle to water quality since they are easily reduced by doing a water change. They can be prevented in the first place by keeping filters clean of solid debris. Removing it from the tank before it breaks down, hidden away in a cannister, will slow the rise of nitrates.
and is why I said that the pumice pebbles would be the best choice. Pumice is nothing but internal surface area, LOL
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and is why I said that the pumice pebbles would be the best choice. Pumice is nothing but internal surface area, LOL
If that were true, you would be able to blow through a piece, just as you can blow through a piece of open cell foam. That isn't the case with any I have had. As well, there are claims that lava rock leach phosphate. Regardless, relying on something you can't quantify, or even verify, is bad practice.
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I got almost all the part for my filter today at a recycling placefor $3.00
4' x3" pvc with screw on end caps ,
2 1/2 screw in hose barbs
1 drill bit to drill holes in end caps
went to home depot to get the nuts and o rings to hold the barbs in place 2 of each was $4.00
just need to get the pumice , I have the hose and pond pump (250gal/hr)
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