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Old 09-27-2011, 02:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What is your choice of media do you have in your sump?

I'm wondering what kind of media do you use in your sump? Right now I am running one row of bio balls with a foam block on top in the sump. I am also running chemi-pure elite on my reactors, 1 bag per reactor to get better flow through the bags. I'm just curious what you guys use. I also want to get rid of that foam block and maybe use something else.
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Sock, skimmer, gfo, carbon.(GFO & Carbon run through TLF reactor
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Sorry for the title, came out retarded! Meant to say "What is your choice of media inside our sump?"
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Sorry for the title, came out retarded! Meant to say "What is your choice of media inside our sump?"
I understood what you meant!
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I want to get ideas of what different types of media I can use to substitude that foam block I have in my sump.
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LOl yeah man, were you drunk when you wrote the title joking dude..

I use a filter sponge, then goes through the skimmer, then Chemipure Elite, then cheato and rubble.
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Why not replace the sponge with poly filter pads, or those blue & white pads they sell for fish tank filters? You can rinse them a few times before you have to replace them, and they are not that expensive.
Also, I hope you do rinse those bioballs periodically. You do not want to create a Nitrate factory.
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LOl yeah man, were you drunk when you wrote the title joking dude..

I use a filter sponge, then goes through the skimmer, then Chemipure Elite, then cheato and rubble.
HAHAHA! it could have been that I was drunk, but I won't say because I was a work! lol!
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Why not replace the sponge with poly filter pads, or those blue & white pads they sell for fish tank filters? You can rinse them a few times before you have to replace them, and they are not that expensive.
Also, I hope you do rinse those bioballs periodically. You do not want to create a Nitrate factory.
I was thinking of changing to filter floss plus I also have the hard poly filter pads as well to use as the second layer. I do rinse the bioballs every six months, I know that could turn out to be a big problem if I neglect it.
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No media here. Only a skimmer. My water is pretty clear but if I need any extra polishing I run a filter sock for a few days.
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No media here. Only a skimmer. My water is pretty clear but if I need any extra polishing I run a filter sock for a few days.
Really?? How big is your skimmer?
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The skimmer is rated for a tank up to 250g.
But the true number is probably much less than that.
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im using just cheato at this time but with my new sump it will a proper fuge.........
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Rox 0.8 Carbon and GFO in Bulk Reef Supply reactors powered by Maxi Jet 1200 powerheads. Filter socks on the return lines from my multiple tanks and protein skimmer.
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I see that no one here uses media in their sump besides skimmers and reactors. Am I missing something here? Is the filter sock your only source of filtration for the sump (besides skimmers and reactors)?
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these methods are tried and true to their performance, get rid of your bio balls man.
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The bio balls are there because I had a wet/dry on my old 55g, when I upgraded, I transferred some for the sump since it was a newly setup system. Now I want to get rid of them and exploring options.
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The bio balls are there because I had a wet/dry on my old 55g, when I upgraded, I transferred some for the sump since it was a newly setup system. Now I want to get rid of them and exploring options.
reef man, just move the bio balls out slowly. Don't take them all out in one shot. A few twice a week should work out.

BTW, I don't always run the sock either with no ill effects. My tank stays clear, except for when I feed.lol I feed alot of food at 1 time.
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I only run the Filter socks to catch any food remnants that may escape the display tank, and to keep the bubble count down in my stock tank from the protein skimmer return.
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