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Old 07-29-2009, 03:29 PM   #11
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what do you mean by properly maintained? Cleaning them often? I thought the purpose was for them to grow bacteria.

This is what i have model 3 Aquarium Filtration: All-Glass Aquarium MegaFlow Sump Filter Wet/Dry Filter

I use the middle compartment for the Aqua C remora skimmer and my heater. I am also currently using it to put frozen bottles of water since my temp has been going up to 83. No fish in there yet.

I really want to get a mandarin, but i was told not to do so until i have a refugium and can grow copepods.
Is this a possibility with this wet and dry filter?
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However, the odds of them being maintained properly and cleaned timely and properly are quite slim IMO.

JessicasMarine. how long has your tank been up and running? Do you use bioballs? What's your cleaning regimen? Looks like solidsnake needs some advice on how to properly maintain them
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:58 PM   #13
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They are to grow bacteria but if not cleaned on a regular basis they tend to produce a lot of nitrates. And as cement shoes said most of the time you will put off cleaning them,
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The purpose of the copepods is to feed the mandarin, and a wet/dry like that doesnt have enough room for a good refugium to place some macro in and cultivate a good breeding colony of pods.
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However, the odds of them being maintained properly and cleaned timely and properly are quite slim IMO.

JessicasMarine. how long has your tank been up and running? Do you use bioballs? What's your cleaning regimen? Looks like solidsnake needs some advice on how to properly maintain them
I did use them but I finally disposed of them with the wet/dry (craigslist) and went with a standard DIY sump/fuge
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Ahh , from your other posts I was under the impression that your tank has only been up since May and that it was your first.

My mistake I guess
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This is my second tank since joining the Corps(7 yrs). And two in college. Of course back then it was just a fish tank, now, as my wife, and bank will attest, its an aqua addiction
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thanks for the input.
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I would keep the bioballs since you are going FOWLR the slowly remove when you decide to go reef.
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if i decide to slowly remove them, do i replace it with anything? or just that part of the wet and dry empty?

Jessicasmarine - You don't think my main tank will be able to support enough copepods for a mandarine? Even if i buy a good amount of them a couple of months before.
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