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Green water; how do I get rid of it?

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Green water; how do I get rid of it?
Old 01-19-2011, 12:25 PM   #21
 
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nope the sponge type is fine..... i have made some of the air-lift types from containers with various materials in side (gravel, cut up straws, scrubbiers, and batting) with great success....
Alright, so the scrubbie part of the sponge is okay to use?

Thanks for all of your help. :D
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:27 PM   #22
 
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i am not sure we are referring to the same scrubber... LOL look at the thread in my sig and in the last post with pix you can make out the kind i am talking about in the bio-tower for my sump..
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:28 PM   #23
 
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nope the pix are not that clear... let me try to find a pic on line
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:30 PM   #24
 
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Plastic_Pot_Scrubber_MP1002.jpg

like these usually 6 for $1
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:35 PM   #25
 
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Hahaha okay, I gotcha. Those are safe to put in my currently filter and also in a DIY one?
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:40 PM   #26
 
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they are a great place to grow bacteria soi would say yes as they are similar to bio-balls... now as for what you are running now i thought you said you are running only sponge filters...

sorry for being a pain in the back side....

if you are running a HOB these would creat more surface for Bacteria ... if you are not then i would say adding a second filter may help and that these can be used in the second filter as a good media.... sorry if i was previously unclear....
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:01 PM   #27
 
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The only filter I have running right now is a regular HOB with regular cleaning sponges as the filter media. They are large square sponges I bought from the dollar store.
Actually, this is exactly what they are, except I cut off the green scrubbing part.



If a second DIY filter(with the little scrubbies) would be beneficial, I'll do that immediately after my blackout.

and no nooo you're not being a pain. Lol, I'm asking to many questions.

Speaking of questions, I have another about changing the filter media.

In the HOB I have two of those regular cleaning sponges. When I clean the filter I should only replace one at a time to prevent the depletion of beneficial bacteria, right?
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:14 PM   #28
 
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correct!!!!!
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:19 PM   #29
 
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:D:D Alright! Thank you very very much for all of your help.

So our conclusion is:

Make a DIY filter with little scrubbie balls to increase water quality and all will be dandy.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:22 PM   #30
 
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in short yes but .....

the filter will need mroe than just those....

give me a few days to do a write up on the one i am building and then i will post the link .....

various parts serve a different purpose and i am at work so a bit limited on the ability to respond in full just now...

IMHO/IME the more filtration the better no matter the set up....
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