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When to change media

Discussion in 'General (Hobby Related)' started by Guest, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

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    When is a good time to change media in a calcium reactor?  I had Bob's MRC2 dual chamber and it was full when I bought it, but I have had the same media in it for about 6 months.  One chamber is a little over 3/4 full and the other is just under 3/4.  I just am not sure if the media loses it's effect after so long.  I still am getting good growth, but would like to be a little proactive instead of reactive.
     
  2. BGreenlee

    BGreenlee Inactive User GIRS Member

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    It doesnt go bad per se, it dissolves over time and needs to be refilled.
    What ph do you run your reactor at? What media are you using? I am pretty sure that it has schuran reactor media in it, so it can be ran pretty low.
     
  3. Guest

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    Schuran Media at 6.5.
     
  4. BGreenlee

    BGreenlee Inactive User GIRS Member

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    Unless you have had a meltdown of the media, or see something else physically wrong with it I would just top it off every few months and call it good. I run schuran in my CR-4 at around 6.35 to 6.4 out of the first chamber.
     
  5. slovan

    slovan Experienced Reefkeeper

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    I agree with Billy. I have never heard of replacing media unless it turns into mush. Schuran/Gen-X type media doesn't have that problem so you should be good to go. I've used the Schuran type of media before and never had any problems. It's actually what I would prefer to use. It's also cleaner than most of the media out there. It doesn't cloud up the reactor and the effluent is clean with no sandy residue.
     
  6. Guest

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    Billy/Sone,

    Thanks for the input. I was just unsure, and got to thinking about it when I refilled my CO2 yesterday.
     

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