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Old 01-01-2006, 01:37 AM   #1
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Aqua Clear Filter Necessary?

Hi guys I have got a 20gal and have been running a Prizm skimmer since the first day. But in the mean time I am running an Aqua Clear 20/Mini with the sponge and carbon insert is this necessary? My activated carbon and sponge and Prizm skimmer all have been running since day one. Will the Prizm skimmer itself do up most of the cleaning? Thanks in advance.
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On my nano, I am running an AC300 as a fuge....but no skimmer....personally, I would continue to run both.
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I thought it should be the other way round means only run the skimmer without filter. I also heard that using carbon long term will reduce trace element.
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Yes, but since you are running both (with my AC, it is a fuge, so no media in it).....I would swap out that carbon for biomedia or macroalgae, eventually.
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sorry to sound stupid but what is a fuge? i am still new to saltwater aquarium. thanks.
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fuge = refugium Here's a short article about refugiums:
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showqu...q=2&fldAuto=33
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The sponge will eventually become a nitrate factory, in the AquaClear. If you have corals that like to toxify the water, i.e. leathers, then carbon is an okay idea, but should be changed out regularly. Carbon, some kinds anyway, have been known to leech PO4 into the water. I only use my HOB filter to run carbon, once weekly for a couple of days(to polish and detoxify the water) and for flow. On a tank that size, regular and consistent water changes are the best filtration for you. I would also stay away from bio-balls and the like, they too, over time, will become nitrate factories. HTH!
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I have hob's on my smaller tanks but only run them for extra flow. I removed the filter media and replaced it with liverock rubble. This is something you could consider as well.
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I use the sponges in my aquaclear as mechanical filtration to sift out the occasional mess I make while messing in the tanks. In an aquaclear, they are super easy to remove and rinse out weekly, which cuts down on the nitrate factor. I only run carbon one week of the month and that is right after a water change. Most of my tanks use liverock for filtration, so I too, use the HOB's as added flow and a means to use carbon etc when necessary. I do not think I would depend on the skimmer solely.
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I have hob's on my smaller tanks but only run them for extra flow. I removed the filter media and replaced it with liverock rubble. This is something you could consider as well.
Precisely what mine have...some LR rubble and macroalgaes....works a treat.
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