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Old 11-06-2006, 01:11 PM   #11
 
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what is a pre-filter sponge? also...should i also use one in my canister filter wheni get it? thanks!

and the difference in ph is alot...like .6...its because i used tap water to fill the large tank and i use spring water for the small one. anyways..thanks

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Old 11-06-2006, 01:27 PM   #12
 
A pre-filter sponge is just a sponge fit over the filter intake. You can use either media sponge, like the Aqua Clear sponges and cut a small opening on one side to slide the filter intake into it. I use a pre-filter sponge from my mag drive pump, which I never used for the pump. The pre-filter sponge fits perfect for the round intakes of my filters. The sponge looks like this...



And can be bought from BigAls.com

It will look like this on the filter intake (pre-filter sponge is on left side)
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Old 11-06-2006, 01:40 PM   #13
 
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well..how does the filter work then? it seems that it wouldnt be able to suck the large pieces of junk out of the water...also, i think it looks a little unsightly for my personal preferences...is there any type that will go INSIDE the intake? just wondering....

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Old 11-08-2006, 10:59 PM   #14
 
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wow eddie your tank is gorgeous!
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:06 PM   #15
 
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so i found what you were talking about eddie at petsmart..i havent bought it yet..but i did get an extension for the intake hose on the HOB that is in the tank presently...its also "planted" (silk plants) and has cycled fairly quickly...its cleared up mostly..i need to update the pics in the FW pics thread...maybe tomorrow. thanks!

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Old 11-09-2006, 12:18 AM   #16
 
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Bri,
I haven't seen anyone ask yet... if you have discus planned for this new tank, have you decided what method you'll use to bring the pH down?
Also, what kind of sand are you using? If it's aragonite, as many on here have used, that will not be safe for discus. I'd just hate to see you go through all the work and expense and to have problems early on.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:22 PM   #17
 
i didnt thing discus tall tanks i thought people sad to get a long tank?
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Old 11-09-2006, 05:25 PM   #18
 
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um...i havent actually decided about the discus yet Dawn, but about the ph, i was just going to bring it down the way i did with my other tank. start doing regular water changes using spring water only. this worked in my other tank as my ph settled down to a great 7.4 after about a month and there it has stayed.

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what concerns me is that i get a high reading on my test strips at home, and when i took my water sample to my lfs, i specifically asked for them to use the master test kit (liquid) and give me specific readings, which they did, and he said my ph was between 7.2 and 7.4. how is it possible to get such astronomically different readings?
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Old 11-09-2006, 06:11 PM   #19
 
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what concerns me is that i get a high reading on my test strips at home, and when i took my water sample to my lfs, i specifically asked for them to use the master test kit (liquid) and give me specific readings, which they did, and he said my ph was between 7.2 and 7.4. how is it possible to get such astronomically different readings?
A lot of members mentioned before that test strips are quite inaccurate and will recommend liquid kit. I do second on that.
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Old 11-09-2006, 06:21 PM   #20
 
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so i should trust the lfs test kit over mine? even when it seems out of the question that the ph should be so low already?
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