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Old 09-28-2011, 12:51 PM   #11
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well, it's just that it will be a source of nitrates if you don't clean it out regularly (like weekly).
I second that. I personally have no experience with them but after research there is just way to much maintenance in keeping them. A well designed sump with macro algae dsb and protein skimmer is way better, really the only maintenance is to clean the protein skimmer and trim the macro algae.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:07 PM   #12
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I run a 55g with a canister and yep, there is more maintaining to do with it. But it can and does work. Just gotta be on the filter alot is all.
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What's your canister routine if you don't mind sharing
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I happen to like carbon so I run that and change it every 2 weeks or so. The rest of the media is bio media and filter floss. I change out the filter floss as well.

The big thing is when you open up the canister there will be ALOT of waste in the water in there. THAT'S what I think is the nitrate producing gunk and gets drained out each time. I also rinse the empty canister as well. I'm using a fluval 305 by the way.
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I'll clean it frequently then and do u times the filter pads every time as well?
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I change the filter floss each time but the sponges stay in. If they are gunked up then you can rinse them in some tank water to get the debris out. But they never get changed. they will last forever LOL
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Really depend on what you going to keep inside the tank, some fish and inverts like strong current, but others like moderat and low, overwhelming would make them stressed.
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