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Old 01-16-2011, 11:31 AM   #1
 
Help with a 2215

Almost too embarrassed to ask, but...

I have a 2215. It has the mechanical donut things in bottom, and the bacterial "balls" in the second layer. I just took my charcoal pad out based on 2 weeks of use.

I want to either get some floss or some peat to put in filter, maybe both. How does that work?

The peat is in granules. Do I buy a little mesh bag, fill the bag, and put in filter where charcoal used to be?

Or can I put the granules in the filter directly, and put a floss pad on top to hold them down?

Thanks for responses. I seem to be able to find every question about filters on the internet, but the one I am looking for!!!

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Old 01-16-2011, 11:53 AM   #2
 
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Not a direct answer to your question, but I heard that peat can change the ph of you water significantly. Would be nice to know if that is true or not.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:59 AM   #3
 
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It does, I think "significantly" depends on just how much you add.

Im pretty sure youre gonna want to put it in a bag. I was planning on using it in mine and I was gonna put it under the top pad over the cocoa puffs.

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Old 01-16-2011, 12:05 PM   #4
 
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It does, I think "significantly" depends on just how much you add.

Im pretty sure youre gonna want to put it in a bag. I was planning on using it in mine and I was gonna put it under the top pad over the cocoa puffs.
That is where I am heading. I just saw, for sale, a "media bag" which I supposed is designed for such a purpose.

I do want to try to lower my pH a bit, and I hope it works, though from a lot of reading it is a) a bit tricky and b) transitory.

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Old 01-16-2011, 12:10 PM   #5
 
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yeah I think it can cause a lot of problems if things get out of hand. Most people suggest keeping a tank at the same ph as the water you add to it (assume from tap) Good luck with it, I hope it all works out well!
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:17 PM   #6
 
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I forgot about that part, I read somewhere that itll take like a week to affect the ph so when doing water changes get the water ready a week in advance with some peat soaking in it to match the ph.

I'd think if your tank is big enough and/or you dont do big water changes im sure a slight difference wont be that bad, but thats just my opinion.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:33 PM   #7
 
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It really depends on the fish you have and their ph range. a gradual change in ph is fine until it is too high or too low for the fish to exist in stress free.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:24 AM   #8
 
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Just curious, whats your tank size and current ph/target ph?
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:37 AM   #9
 
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Just curious, whats your tank size and current ph/target ph?
I have a 55 gal and the pH is normally between 7.4 and 7.6. I want to optimize it for German Rams. I have some time to make adjustments slowly.

I expect pH is constant but I have a heck of time reading the colors in the API kit.
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:07 AM   #10
 
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Nice, Ive got a 75g and my ph is right around there and is is pretty hard to tell the colors apart lol.
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