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Old 07-16-2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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Saltwater to Freshwater ?'s

Im watching a penguin 150 on aquabid that was part of a saltwater system can it still be used as a freshwater filter..?
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:06 AM   #2
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:18 AM   #3
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Yeah, it can be reused for FW. Just get new filter pads and either get a new biowheel or give the old one a good soak. And soak the whole filter to get rid of the salt.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:43 AM   #4
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Yeah, it can be reused for FW. Just get new filter pads and either get a new biowheel or give the old one a good soak. And soak the whole filter to get rid of the salt.
As in tge entire filter or justbtge cartridge? It has what looks like dried up salt or just dry algae all over it so ill be soaking tge entire thing in hot water to clean it
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Clean it, scrub it and rinse it really well. Grab a new set of cartridges ("Rite Size") and a biowheel if you want to use that, and you'll be good to go.

Make sure you clean the impeller and it's housing really well too.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:11 PM   #6
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Clean it, scrub it and rinse it really well. Grab a new set of cartridges ("Rite Size") and a biowheel if you want to use that, and you'll be good to go.

Make sure you clean the impeller and it's housing really well too.
sweet! thanks bud. il be soaking it for a few hours in hot water in the sink just to help remove all the gunk on it, and hopefully all the salt remnants

one more question do i really NEED the bio wheel..?
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No problem

I took the biowheels out of mine and use Seachem Matrix in the box instead, along with floss for the big gunk.

Do Bio Wheels really work? Bio-Wheel Review is a good read.
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sweet! thanks bud. il be soaking it for a few hours in hot water in the sink just to help remove all the gunk on it, and hopefully all the salt remnants

one more question do i really NEED the bio wheel..?
You don't need it IMO it doesn't do much at all
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You don't need it IMO it doesn't do much at all
thats what i thought, my emperor 400 runs WAY better without em, i just wish the discharge wasnt so steep so it makes a mess of things when the water gets low lol

another question, can i use "floss" packed in behind the filter cartridge for the large gunk? where can i get it in texas? (chain store)
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thats what i thought, my emperor 400 runs WAY better without em, i just wish the discharge wasnt so steep so it makes a mess of things when the water gets low lol

another question, can i use "floss" packed in behind the filter cartridge for the large gunk? where can i get it in texas? (chain store)
Just use a polyfill from a crafts store. You can get a huge bag for next to nothing. Make sure it is 100% polyester, and doesn't have any flame retardant added to it.
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