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Old 02-28-2005, 05:48 PM   #1
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Mechanical Filters in a Reef Tank

I'm thinking of ading a mechanical filter so I can run different filters for various things such as carbon and pads for helping with the removal of po4, I have no concern for bio filteration, any thoughts on which set up to go with or a better way to do it?
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I think you mean power filter. Mechanical filter is just to filter out solid waste using either sponges, floss, or prefilter ceramics. In a reef, you really don't need to run a power filter. I've never had power filters on any of my reef tanks. As of using carbon in a reef, the safest way to do so is to use reef grade carbon and run it for a week once a month; not 24/7 as you would in a fish only tank or freshwater. You could simply pop on an aqua clear power filter and just use it for the time you use the carbon or even with something like phos-x or nitrazorb if you ever need it. Aqua clears have good basket space to fit filter bags of media in them.
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The Emporer 400 hob has decent sized baskets for media, some of the canister filters as well. Or, if you have a sump, you could put the media in there in direct water flow (in a basket or bag).
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I use a HOt magnum canister for water polishing and chemical filtration if needed. In the past I have used carbon and phosphate removers in it with great results.
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As of using carbon in a reef, the safest way to do so is to use reef grade carbon and run it for a week once a month; not 24/7 as you would in a fish only tank or freshwater.
Newbie question: what's the danger / risk in running carbon 24/7 in a reef?
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How about a Fluval 430 I believe it is, are these filter's worth it, just run it when need be and without the bio media, I want one to set up when i change the stand over this weekend..
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It is so good at absorbing things, it can remove some trace elements needed in a reef. I have also read that running carbon can be associated with nuisance algae - though I am not sure if I buy that, or how it could be true.
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