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Old 01-31-2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! Any help will be much appreciated. My 75 gallon tank has been setup for about 6 months. Was using a fluval 305 with emperor 400 hob filter. Everything has been great with water except the nitrates have been between 40 & 60. Just added a 29 gallon refugium setup a week ago to replace my fluval 305 canister and emperor. Using live rock and chaeto along with a uv sterilizer and protein skimmer. Both the refugium & fluval have been running right now how long before I can shut down the canister filter and just use the refugium? Just checked water today everything seems good except nitrates but they are coming down. Should I run both or just the fuge?
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Personally would run both the canister can pick up a lot Of the solid waste and debri.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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Is it possible that the canister will hold in the nitrates?
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Yeah could happen but just have to make sure ya keep it clean. I usually clean my filter pad only n my canisters every water change.
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What kind of media do you typically run in your canister?
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:21 AM   #6
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Eheim 2217 first stage is blue filter pad then the rest is bio media then a filter floss pad.
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:07 AM   #7
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Clean out your canister filter pad every 1-2 weeks. I like to rinse mine every week. The chaeto will start absorbing soon. When it starts growing, then it would be safer to remove the canister.

IME cleaning out canisters are pretty long. I rather keep filter pads or socks in a refugium to catch the solids. It's easier to clean definitely.
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