05-18-2007, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by mbender04
I had thought about a canister filter but I have a wrought iron stand to match my decor and a canister filter will be so ugly. What do you think about the combo of live rock and a Rena Smartfilter? The filter is said to be comparable to the power of a canister filter.
OK Canister filters used to filter the water is not a good I idea. They will trap detris that will raise your nitrites. Thats if you dont keep up on the maintence which should be done every 2 weeks if not sooner. Nothing works then 1-1.5 lbs of live rock per gallon along with some good power heads. On one of my saltwater tanks I use a canister filter with a micron filter in it. That is is to just polish the water. I change the micron filter once a week if not sooner. It is the magnum 350. The micron filters can be reused. You simply let it soak in a mixure of 1 part bleach and 3 parts water for 24 hrs. Rinse it good and its ready again. If you dont feel safe about it let it dry out then use it again.