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post #41 of 60 Old 12-01-2013, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Ammonia and nitrites holding at 0 today !!
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post #42 of 60 Old 12-01-2013, 09:33 PM
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Ammonia and nitrites holding at 0 today !!
Are you producing nitrates?

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Yes, I will check them when I get up at 2:30am to be sure.
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post #44 of 60 Old 12-02-2013, 03:43 AM Thread Starter
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Nitrate 10 , it is climbing
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post #45 of 60 Old 12-02-2013, 03:48 AM Thread Starter
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My filter maintence schedule says it's time to change carbon media. I'm alittle nervous about messing with anything after going through all this but I need to do some filter care , not operating right, needs cleaning.
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My filter maintence schedule says it's time to change carbon media. I'm alittle nervous about messing with anything after going through all this but I need to do some filter care , not operating right, needs cleaning.
What kind of filter do you have? I rarely ever do anything more then rinse my filter media in old tank water and somtime clean the intake on HOBs . Canisters i clean maybe every 3 months but the process is a little different yet still i dont replace anything but the polishing pads.
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post #47 of 60 Old 12-02-2013, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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HOB fluval 50, I've read some of you don't use carbon , why not ? What are the benefits?
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I only clean my filters if there is loss of performance, reduced water flow or water is bypassing/ overflowing. Like agent said- less is more, just a quick swish to unblock the filter pad. Clean the intake first before you disturb your filter media.

I dont use carbon in my filters. Reason being that I want as much surface as possible in my filterbox for biofiltration. I use only filter pad and pack it tightly enough to fill the box, but not so tight to reduce waterflow. Carbon is supposed to remove chemicals and such, but in practice, reglar waterchanges will do much more than an ounce or two of carbon. I've also heard that the carbon is only active for a short time, and if you don't remove it, it will leach back into your water. Don't really know, but ihavnt had any trouble without it. Thanks.
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post #49 of 60 Old 12-03-2013, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
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I got bypassing going on. Think I will give this no carbon approach a shot. It will leave much more room in their for bio-media which may have helped me to not of had the crazy nitrite situation that started this post. In hindsight I'm glad it did happen since it lead me here
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I got bypassing going on. Think I will give this no carbon approach a shot. It will leave much more room in their for bio-media which may have helped me to not of had the crazy nitrite situation that started this post. In hindsight I'm glad it did happen since it lead me here
rinse the media in a little water from the tank or distilled water...I keep a 1lb coffee can of "change" water available for rinsing... if I notice the filter by passing or my bio wheel not funtioning properly due to flow i simply swish the media in the"change" water.. you'll be surprised at how much "junk' rinses clean.... I recycle this water to water my house plants... it keeps every one happy.
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