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Old 01-02-2004, 07:28 PM   #11
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You might also consider combining two smaller filters instead of one filter. The reason is that if you need to change your media, you can do them alternately, giving the first one time to catch up on bio-bugs and then change the other one. Also, if something should happen to one while you are away at work or whatever, you still have at least one filter running. I'm getting two AC 200's for my new 40 gallon (I have large fancy goldfish, a.k.a. seacows, so I need extra filtration).
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Old 01-02-2004, 09:52 PM   #12
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You might also consider combining two smaller filters instead of one filter. The reason is that if you need to change your media, you can do them alternately, giving the first one time to catch up on bio-bugs and then change the other one. Also, if something should happen to one while you are away at work or whatever, you still have at least one filter running. I'm getting two AC 200's for my new 40 gallon (I have large fancy goldfish, a.k.a. seacows, so I need extra filtration).
This is why Bio-Wheels on the Penguins and Emperors are liked so much, Once the Bio-Wheel is colonized by bacteria you can gravel vac, change filters, WHATEVER! at a whim because your bacteria colony resides in the wheel.

and if your starting a new tank, just move the Bio-Wheel to the uncycled tank, and put a new wheel on your current tank. Since your old tank has enouch bacteria on all the other surfaces you wouldn't incur a mini-cycle.


I wub my bio-wheel and plan on slowly converting all my tanks to Marine Land.


BTW, I also have several AC filters, I hate them. They always cut off, and have to be readjusted and I have had the problem recently of one loosing its prime, took it back and the new one is starting to have the same problem [ This will be the first filter replaced with a MarineLand filter for sure! ]
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If I were to remove the old bio-wheel and switch to the Aquaclear filter, how would I go about making sure the biological colonization didnt die off? I have read that putting some of the gravel in a nylon and placing it in as if it were a cartridge would be the best bet. Any other suggestions?


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Go for whichever one will give you the most sponges. Most of them come supplied with carbon, but I consider carbon to be a waste of space unless you have medicated and the healthiest thing you can do for the overall health of your fish is to provide as much surface area as possible for your biological colonization. In my AC300 I have stacked two sponges and have no other media. Some people use one sponge and fill the rest with floss which polishes the water nicely, but either way, you will be very happy with the appearance and health of your water.

The only maintenance involved with the AC filters is to give a good rinse and squeeze of the sponges and/or floss in dechlorinated water every couple of weeks to use them over and over again.
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