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Old 05-10-2011, 11:26 AM   #11
 
Quick question about the filter and plants: I'm still trying to grasp all the info presented in the 4 stickied articles, but my filters currently have 3 parts: a white, sponge-like part, the carbon filter next to the sponge, and the little round "things" in the middle (lol sorry, my technical terminology is still lacking). Do I need to remove any of those in order to maintain maximum plant health? IE: will the carbon filter remove nutrients or liquid fertilizer?

Thanks for putting up with all my novice questions. I'm really learning a lot, and having a blast keeping fish!

edit: let me see if I understand this: Mechanical would be the sponge-like for trapping larger particles; biological is the "things" I mentioned (lol) that provide surface area for the beneficial bacteria; and chemical would be the carbon? So if I had enough plants I'd only need the mechanical?

I have 2 fluval U2 filters on opposite ends of my 56 gallon column, with the heater in the middle. The filters are towards the bottom of the tank, about 1-2 inches above the gravel.

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Old 05-10-2011, 11:59 AM   #12
 
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Quick question about the filter and plants: I'm still trying to grasp all the info presented in the 4 stickied articles, but my filters currently have 3 parts: a white, sponge-like part, the carbon filter next to the sponge, and the little round "things" in the middle (lol sorry, my technical terminology is still lacking). Do I need to remove any of those in order to maintain maximum plant health? IE: will the carbon filter remove nutrients or liquid fertilizer?
Carbon will remove nutrients along with other "stuff" from the water, that is what we call chemical filtration because the carbon is altering the water chemistry. Carbon does this by adsorbing [not absorbing, something different] stuff, and eventually it gets clogged and no longer functions. I would either remove it or leave it, but not replace it with new carbon.

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Thanks for putting up with all my novice questions. I'm really learning a lot, and having a blast keeping fish!
Hey, we are all here to offer assistance where we can. Better to ask questions than do something that harms the fish. And this is a very addictive hobby.

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edit: let me see if I understand this: Mechanical would be the sponge-like for trapping larger particles; biological is the "things" I mentioned (lol) that provide surface area for the beneficial bacteria; and chemical would be the carbon? So if I had enough plants I'd only need the mechanical?

I have 2 fluval U2 filters on opposite ends of my 56 gallon column, with the heater in the middle. The filters are towards the bottom of the tank, about 1-2 inches above the gravel.
Generally, that's it. Although in practice, mechanical and biological filtration occur throughout any filter, since debris is trapped by sponge, pads, "things" and carbon (the mechanical) and bacteria colonize all of these too (the biological).

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