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using a canister filter as a phosban/carbon reactor???

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by snowman82, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. snowman82

    snowman82 Experienced Reefkeeper

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    does anyone see a problem in doing this?? i have a cascade canister filter laying round that mike had mentioned using as a carbon reactor/filter.  hooking it up in the refuge part of my sump. i dont see why it wouldnt work really??
  2. JB Veteran Reefkeeper

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    I think you'd have way too much flow and end up with GFO all over your tank (not a good thing).

    The phosban reactors are clear so that you can adjust the input pump so that the top of the media gently tumbles. The difference between too much flow and just enough is really small.

  3. Waverz

    Waverz Expert Reefkeeper

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    I used to run GFO in a filter sock in a canister filter...
  4. xroads Veteran Reefkeeper Vendor

    La Porte City, IA
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    I plan on using my old fluvals to run carbon. Not sure about gfo
  5. snowman82

    snowman82 Experienced Reefkeeper

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    this may be a newb ? but whats GFO??
  6. Guest

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  7. snowman82

    snowman82 Experienced Reefkeeper

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    i might just use it to run carbon from time to time
  8. Luukosian


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    I have a cascade 1000 that I use to run gfo and carbon in and it's been working great for a year or so. I use fine mesh filter bags and place it in the canister. Every week I take the bags out and rinse really well. The gfo has a tendency to clump up but other than that it works great if you clean it on a regular basis.
    I agree that a reactor would work a little better but I already had the canister around so spent the money on coral instead of reactor. :)

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