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to canister or not to canister?
Old 09-10-2007, 10:54 AM   #11
 
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my tanks are heavily planted. the filters are there just to make the water clear. i also have a sponge over all the intakes that keep most big waste out. havent had much reduced efficiency in my canisters even after months.
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Old 09-10-2007, 11:04 AM   #12
 
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It would be intersting to see the different flow rates between your two different media selections. There may be none, there may be quite a bit but we have to customize aorund your tanks needs.

If you start to lose efficiency, is there the possibilty of harming the canister filter?
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Old 09-10-2007, 11:28 AM   #13
 
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think your going to harm the water quality before the filter. as long as its getting some fresh water to keep the motor cool it should be fine.

fish_4_all you make a very good point. all our tanks are different we are all trying to do different things. some people fill it with bio media others with sponges. from the tanks i have seed with polyfill floss i think it polishes the water really good and a good effective place for bacteria to grow.
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Old 09-10-2007, 01:41 PM   #14
 
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I would think that having a permenant place for the bacteria to grow might be a good idea also though. Removing the filter floss all the time could lead to ammonia spikes. That is the main reason why people use bioballs and Boichem Stars and such.
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Old 09-10-2007, 03:16 PM   #15
 
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i dont remove the floss. here and there ill clean it just like i would do with anything even bio media. only time i remove some is to seed a new tank.
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:45 PM   #16
 
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I also like the XP3 but have found that on a smaller tank, the XP2 is enough and is just as easy to care for. When I first got my XP3 I was worried about the right media because I had always usewd a HOB filter and was used to the typical regime. What I have found is that I can use almost anything as the medium for biologicals. If it has a surface, it will work as a biological. If it has fine passages like in a sponge or filter floss, it will remove solids. I have not added any carbon yet because I have not had any indication that I need it. The one very obvious feature of my canisters was not obvious to me until I reverted to a HOB for a smaller aquarium. I had forgotten what all the water racket came from until I had a new waterfall going on the back of a tank. The not so obvious feature is how quiet the canister is. They are also very flexible. If something fits in a basket of your filter, it may be filter medium or it may be useless but the filter will keep circulating the water through the rest of your media.
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