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Re: Mechanical Filtration
Wondering whether you do vacuum graveling while changing water?
I can imagine leaving out the bacterial filtration sponges and biowheels on
the filters, but I can't imagine leaving out mechanical filtration material.
My filters tend to slow down pretty quickly after a cleaning and within a few
weeks are quite messy with gunk. (Whatever that is--I'm sure a small portion
is bacterial population.)
I'm trying to get a handle on how clean the gravel bed need be kept. Which of
course would be a bit messier without filtration to get some of the floating
stuff . . .
<< I have one tank where I run an Aquaclear, and I don't count that tank as a
plant tank. Aside from that I don't use any mechanical filtration on a
regular basis -- unless you count the intake screens on the powerheads.
I have a Magnum 350 that I use occasionally. "Occasionally" means twice
in the last year on one tank and never on any other tank.
Mechanical filtration seems to be a seriously over-sold capability.
Bubbles (oxygen and carbon dioxide) are the only thing that disturbes the
clarity in any of my plant tanks, and I don't think filtration is going to
get rid of the bubbles (or if it did would that be a good thing?). The
only tank where I see floating debris is the only one that's regularly
filtered. The debris there is caused mostly by the fish stirring things
Your mechanical filter will become a bacterial filter unless you keep it