10-11-2008, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by walkytalky
and a Aqua Clear filter 300 ( just the foam).
Just a side not, make sure you are rinsing the foam daily. Foam pads are the perfect place for organics to attach and become biologically processed, which leads to Nitrates.
Additionally, any place that water is forced to pass through organics, indirectly results in phosphate accumulation. Further, rinsing the pads daily indirectly helps to prevent phosphate buildup, and helps reduce the stress on your alkalinity, and its relationship to calcium.
Personally, i don't use mechanical filtration. The benefits are very small and the potential harm is high. Many hobbyists see an immediate reduction in unwanted algae and an increase in coraline growth, upon the removal of filter pads and sponges.