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Old 02-05-2005, 11:42 PM   #1
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HOT Magnum (instead of carbon)

Right now in my magnum i use carbon, to filter a 20L. I would however prefer to have a back up, as i dont like tojust use carbon filtration, i was wondering if anyone has used cermaic or other media in a magnum (in the basket) with carbon to create biological filtration.

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Old 02-05-2005, 11:59 PM   #2
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I'm not really familiar with the HOT Magnum but I believe all cannister filters should be capable of providing mechanical, bilogical and chemical filtration. If there's a basket, get some ceramic rings.
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thats what i was thinking but the basket isnt seperated for different types of filtartion, would it be bad to mix carbon with the rings, putting carbon on the bottom and setting th erings on top
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I use the ceramic and have seen some positive results in water quality. I'ts worth a try, thats for sure.
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You could do that but.............place your carbon in a mesh bag. This way you'll be able to change it without it getting all over the ceramic rings.
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good thought thanx i use those bags in my sw all the time didnt even occur to me thanx
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I have a HOT Magnum filter for my 46 gallon and it works great. For biological filtration there is a filter called a Bio Wheel Pro 30 or 60 that easily connects to your HOT Magnum, which create biological filtration. It runs around $30 or so, depends on where you shop around. You can also look it up on the internet.
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You don't need to run carbon all the time on your tank. Carbon is for removing meds and such from your tank. Just use the ceramic rings and no carbon.
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Carbon is a good thing Buy the best kind you can afford and Use it.
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not the best the FGG. I have almost all my carbon removed from my tank as Carbon also eliminates essential nutrients needed for plant growth. On a scientific level, Carbon is only active for a maximum of about 3 days. so unless you change your carbon every 3 days, why use it?
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