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Old 03-01-2003, 12:26 PM   #1
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Use carbon in FOwLR?

Another newbie question.
I wouldn't run a FW tank with out GAC, do I need it in a SW setup?

Should I add carbon to my trickle filter?
Just add a bag (3-4 oz) and place it under the first pad?

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With 150# of rock and 100# of sand you don't need the filter pad or the biomedia in the trickle filter. Remove the bioballs and the trays and convert your trickle filter into a sump. That way your skimmer and equipment will all fit.
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Keep a close eye on that Rio pump too...they're bad about quitting.
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Keep a close eye on that Rio pump too...they're bad about quitting
Whoa, missed that one. Good catch. I wouldn't use one for my main pump.
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Old 03-02-2003, 11:04 AM   #5
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I add carbon Bi-monthly for a week only then remove it both in my SW & FW tanks. Carbon helps remove many of items not wanted & to remove medication after treatment in your tank but it also removes items needed in the tanks. Both SW & FW (plant tanks) need some of the trace elements removed by the carbon.

As for Rio pumps :censor: you get the point
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and suggestions for replacing the Rio would be...?

I need to order the last few items for this setup and may as well have a new pump on standby while I'm at it.

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I use Hagen Aquaclear power heads for my Tank & UV sterilizer.
For return from my sump I use Little Giant.
I havent had any problems with either of them.
But thats my prefrence im sure there are others who use different PH & pumps. But Rio is disliked by the majority from what I read.
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Magdrive pumps are a good replacement for Rio. Mag7 is about 700gph. Find out what gpm your Rio is and match it up with the same size mag pump.
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So you guys wouldn't even use a RIO for a protein skimmer?
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So you guys wouldn't even use a RIO for a protein skimmer?
If I had one on hand or if the skimmer came equipped with one, I would use it until it failed or became too noisy then I would replace it with a comparably sized maxijet powerhead. If it were an in sump model or a skimmer using a larger water pump, I would use it until it failed and then I would replace it with a comparably sized magdrive pump.
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