this is sort of a continuation to my last thread, i was just hoping to get some more advice, thanks for your help in advance; the quote is copied but my response is new.
1) If your filter has carbon in it, don't bother cutting it out. It's not going to hurt anything, and will not be adsorbing anything in a matter of weeks anyway, so it's entirely a non-factor. As you already have suggested, it's a decent home for bacteria, which is not something you necessarily want to sabotage at the moment.
2) Regarding ammonia. NH3
= ammonia or "free ammonia", NH4 = ammonium, which is markedly less toxic. Ammonia test kits measure total ammonia (NH3
+NH4), whereas most 'ammonia monitors' measure only NH3
and NH4 rapidly interconvert, with the relative ratio being proportional to pH (higher pH means more NH3
3) Don't trust what the LFS
says. They're usually either the same technique your using (liquid tests) or a less accurate test like a strip.
4) Filter floss is actually polyester fibers, often sold either in pet stores as filter floss or in crafting sections as quilt batting. "
So what i'm wondering is , maybe since i have 2 HOB
's that i could use the one that cycles more water per hour (200 cycles/Penguin) that i could leave the carbon filter in that one, because i DO notice a significant reduction in odor as well as water 'smog' when i use it. I was considering taking the other HOB
and removing the carbon filter and using some filter floss instead to see if that makes any difference.
I was also wondering since my PH is testing in at 7.6 (regular PH test) and 7.5'ish (High Ph test) if that could be a reason I'm getting a higher reading. I wish there was a way to just isolate the more harmful NH3
free ammonia. I do use conditioner but that seems to have not made a hint of difference (both Prime and Amquel; not at the same time).
The last question I have was when it all comes down to it, what do the majority of people have the most success with in regards to tank filtering. Now, i realize that is a loaded question since we all have our own unique tanks and fish and styles and preferences but i'm hoping to see some sort of pattern that would help me better understand the art of filtering. Bio-packs vs floss vs carbon vs undergravel vs adding bacteria directly to water vs bio wheel.
Thanks again everyone for your insight!