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Old 05-20-2010, 07:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm upgrading my filtration system, And since I'm running both system for the transistion, it dawned on me..... Is there such a thing as too much filtration?
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I don't think there is such thing as too much filtration. With filtration in saltwater setup the biggest emphasis is on the last stage of the cycle

As you already know the cycle takes ammonia turns it into nitites which are then consummed and turned into nitrates. These are then removed by water changes or denitrifing bacteria (or filters)

Some forms of filtration are more suitable to reef setup than others.

A skimmer, for example, will remove particles from the water column before they are broken down by each of the responsible bacteria/organisms ending up as nitrates. This is a great form of filtration if you can even call it that because it takes out polution before it has a chance of "decomposing" in your tank and contribute to rasing nitrate readings.

A canister filter while a very efficient filtration method is more suitable to freshwater setups than to it is reef setups. These filters are packed with so much BIO media that they can very efficiently turn the bi-product into nitrates. In freshwater the nitrates can be easily "diluted" by means of regular water changes. Since no expensive saltmixes are involved I've seen people making water changes totaling 50-90% of their total system volume. This would not only be very expensive in all but the smallest reef nanos but also detrimental causing wild swings in water parameters.

Just to sum it up

IMO there is no such thing as too much filtration, there is however a difference between different filtration methods, their efficiency and suitability in our applications.
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I figured that much. But theres always that thought lingering in the back of your head. lol!! Thanks for the clarification Puffer.
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