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Old 07-16-2012, 08:32 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by jesus52 View Post
i think i might put live rock chunks in the filter wit the cartiges that come with it.
Using the Emperor's for biological filtration will make your task extremely difficult. They are excellent at converting Ammonia into Nitrite, then Nitrite into Nitrate, but in saltwater tanks we do not want an end product of Nitrate. Nitrate build up is something to be avoided. Additionally, this biological filtration process depletes carbonates, resulting in pH swings and alkalinity depletion.

You want to use live rock as your biological filter. Remove the biowheels from the Emperors and run them as mechanical filtration only. Carbon filtration might also benefit until such time as you add a good protein skimmer, which should be very soon.

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