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Old 03-07-2013, 09:50 PM   #21
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So, is there anyone who could add to the AquaClear discussion Convict and I are having regarding the flow control on these HOBs? Essentially, is it "okay" that I keep the flow on mine turned to the minimum to reduce the return flow turbulence for my fancy goldfish...and will this negatively affect filtration?
Yes that's how I run all my AC's and it will not negatively affect filtration on high or low flows. It's really up to you how much flow you want the filter is made for that kind of thing so keeping it on one setting more than the other is just a personal choice.
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Yes that's how I run all my AC's and it will not negatively affect filtration on high or low flows. It's really up to you how much flow you want the filter is made for that kind of thing so keeping it on one setting more than the other is just a personal choice.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:55 PM   #23
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On lower setting water flows through the filter spending more time in contact with the media to allow for cleaning... On higher setting water flows faster through the media not cleaning as much in a single pass but more water flows through it in the run of a day there by giving the same cleaning effect. That's how I always understood it worked. I stuff mine with floss as well as bio so I leave it on high to polish more water. That's the only difference I can see.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:01 PM   #24
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On lower setting water flows through the filter spending more time in contact with the media to allow for cleaning... On higher setting water flows faster through the media not cleaning as much in a single pass but more water flows through it in the run of a day there by giving the same cleaning effect. That's how I always understood it worked. I stuff mine with floss as well as bio so I leave it on high to polish more water. That's the only difference I can see.
Thats pretty much it in a nutshell. More flow more GPH hence more cleaning and a cleaner tank. More turnover is a good thing and we all want. Lower setting. Less GPH, less turn over but you still get the same filtration effect. In the end I would strive for more turn over (GPH) then your tank in gallons. Hope that made sense.
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Both perspectives are understood and logical; my take on it is that by keeping it on the lowest flow rate (all the way to the "-" side), I can perhaps reduce the turbulence caused by the return flow for my delicate fancies. I don't really see it just by looking at it, but I'm hoping it's reduced for them...
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BTW D:

Check out the additional theme suggestions and images I provided in my aquascaping thread; I'd be real interested in getting your feedback...

Thanx!
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I know this is a little off topic but here are pics of my tank before and after I installed an extra AC70 on a 60 gallon tank. I always wondered how people had such nice crystal clear water.
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I know this is a little off topic but here are pics of my tank before and after I installed an extra AC70 on a 60 gallon tank. I always wondered how people had such nice crystal clear water.
Looks real good to me!! Nice clear water!
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Yeah, I concur; big difference...

I considered doing two AC 110s, but the one 110 plus the Aqueon 55 do a nice job in keeping my water ridiculously clear, though bubble-ridden as it is...

You wanna see really transparent water? Drop some pouches of Seachem Purigen into your media baskets...
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Hey D,

I watched your video about your mixed African tank and the ACs running on it featured in your thread; you have two 110s? And is all that brown material all over the bags with the ceramic rings beneficial bacteria or is it debris?
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