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so how's this bad boy work?? what's in it i mean. what makes this different from a bed filter?
looks like a cool product ...
Well, I don't tell people EXACTLY what's in it as I consider it a trade secret. Suffice it to say that the media has been specially chosen to provide a very large surface area for bacteria to grow on without clogging. I believe the internal surface are of the Aquaripure has a much greater capacity for holding bacteria than any fluidized sand bed filter. I haven't done any scientific studies but sand is heavy and compact and takes up a lot of space. Bacteria grow in chains off of each other and it really just helps if they have a lightly packed media to help them attach to. A sand bed will have too much sand displacing area bacteria could occupy. On the other hand a hollow coil of tubing like in a coil denitrator has to little surface area in the middle and the tubing itself takes too much area. That's why the coil design is not optimal.
Also, with my filter you can inject vodka or sucrose which really helps the bacteria bloom and remove nitrates. I also use only the highest quality materials and have a high quality flow control valve.
I am not sure what you mean about the height issues ... if you have any questions about that let me know. I promise you the Aquaripure looks very nice OUTSIDE of a cabinet beside the Aquarium. It is sleek and shiny acrylic plastic ... very stylish in my opinion.
fair enough explanation. i wans't wanting to know the secrets but just how it works. and by associating it to a fluidized bed filter u answered my question.
as far as the height thing goes...ur directions say that the top of the aquarium should not be more than 36" above the top of the filter i believe. i assume this is because the pump can only do so much to push water upwards.
what is the gph flow on this thing? the largest i mean. is it a USA product entirely?
Yes, the pump can push it up to 36". A more powerful pump can't be used because the increased pressure from the pump plus the increased pressure from the extra vertical distance between the pump and the filter will create too much pressure in the filter ... it almost has an exponential effect.
Most people with larger tanks have sump tanks and 36" is enough for most tanks up to 75 gallons so it is not a common issue. If you do have a larger tank without a sump, it's easy enough to put the filter on something to raise it ... if you wanted to.
This is a slow flow filter but it has to be pressurized to get the water through it and up back to the tank. I use the Aquarium Systems Mini Jet 606. The flow through volume can range from 16 to 150 gallons a week depending on the unit and flow rate.
Yes, the product is made completely in the USA. The acrylic might come from overseas but it is cut and glued here and all the other parts are made in the USA.