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post #21 of 25 Old 03-22-2014, 09:53 AM
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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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post #22 of 25 Old 03-23-2014, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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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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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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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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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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