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Tips to clean sand substrate
Old 03-22-2014, 09:53 AM   #21
 
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Tips to clean sand substrate

I was wrong, she has an xp4 so it's 950 GPH on a 75 gallon.
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:15 AM   #22
 
Ok i have the canister up and running, it has a good flow. I am not using the spray bar at the moment but i might mess with it tomorrow. I had one more question though, should I wait to use the UV light?
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:49 AM   #23
 
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I wouldn't use the UV at all unless you have green water. The flow rate is too fast and the bulb is too small to be effective against anything else.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:05 AM   #24
 
Ok so I lied I have another question. What bio media should I use? I read bio balls are not the best for canister filters, but I would rather get your opinions. I am currently using sponge filter, then bio balls, then ceramic rings, then charcoal and purigen.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:55 AM   #25
 
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Sounds like a fine setup. We all have our preferences - there's no right way. Weeeeeell, there is a right way - coarsest to finest. You don't want to put the finest media first or else it will quickly clog with the large particles.

My canisters are set up as such - fluval ceramic prefilters on the bottom, to catch large particles , sponges/pads in the next basket, and the rest of the baskets are filled with biomax. Simple, basic and effective.
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