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[APD] Biological filtration
Besides fertilizer I have had success in all my years of keeping
aquarium fish (~15 years) not using any chemicals for treatment. I found
to clean the filter, rinse sponge and ceramic materials only with
"clean" aquarium water. Ehime canisters and their use of the floss
material initially presented a challenge to me, but over the last year
or so I've learned to just to completely repalce it when the filter is
cleaned. This material is practically free from a material supply shop
vs LFS. I figure if it's hypoallergenic then it's safe enough for my
fish. *smile*. It can also be found at Walmart in the crafts section
If I vacuum and clean the filter out at the same time, then I do fall
back on a cap or two of CYCLE directly back into the canister filter
before sealing it back up and filling with aquarium water. Regardless
it's generally a good to leave a week between cleaning the canister and
a vacuum of the gravel.
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 10:37:20 -0600
From: "AZ Burns" <aerburns at hotmail_com>
Subject: Re: [APD] An observation
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
The plant guru at my LFS recomends a fluidized sand filter for plants tanks.
He has one of his 75 at home because it is very simple to maintain, and
handles any nitrate spikes quickly. He says other bio-filters caused him
problems when he cleaned them since they would loose some bio filtration
capacity. He usually would get an algae breakout after cleaning out his
canister filters while they were recovering.
I know he has a high fish load and feeds pretty heavily. How much
bio-filtration you need probably depends on how much bio load you have, in a
planted tank or in a non planted tank. Sand filters work for him, W/D work
for you, some people have no bio-filters. Maybe bio-load is the factor to
look at closely in deciding what sort of bio-filter to use.
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