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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-24-2003, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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i understand that trickle filters are bad for planted tanks due to the gaseous which is unfortunate due to the inexpensive nature of building one. is there a good diy solution for filtration on a planted tank or are canister filters just where itís at.
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i have no experience whatsoever with trickle filters but george booth offers some opinions on his website.
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thank you ... that site is very interesting especially considering they support the use of trickle filters:
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Given that heavily loaded plant tanks need extra biological filtration, and water movement and mechanical filtration should be provided, the question remains whether a trickle filter is worth the expense. Beyond the added biological filtration, we believe they are valuable for the following reasons:
  1. They provide good mechanical filtration via the prefilter in the skimmer box and filter pad over the drip tray.
  2. The mechanical filter media is much easier to keep clean than in a canister filter, promoting weekly cleaning and preventing wastes from accumulating and generating excess nitrates.
  3. The skimmer removes the surface scum that can form from proteins.
  4. They provide excellent water circulation.
  5. The biomedia stays clean since the water is prefiltered before reaching it.
  6. The media chamber helps maintain high oxygen levels at night when the plants are not photosynthesizing.
  7. When properly set up, they do not remove much CO2.
  8. The sump provides a convenient place for a CO2 reactor and other equipment.
i was under the impression that trickle filters stripped out the co2. as a matter of fact, on fish only tanks gaseous exchange would be in a list like the one above. it seems that it is dependent upon the way the filter is setup.
so, now the question becomes ... does anyone here use a trickle filter on their planted tanks or know what the authors above mean by "properly setup"??
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IMO a trickle filter setup in a sump is the way to go.
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