Alternative for Cartridge Based HOB - The Planted Tank Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-05-2013, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Cocoa Beach, Florida
Posts: 13
Alternative for Cartridge Based HOB

For my first tank I went with a petco 6.6g bookshelf aquarium. With it came a cartridge based HOB. Is their an alternative to the cartridges for this setup? I don't like the idea of throwing away the cartridges with all of the good bacteria on it every time.
nate.e is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 12:50 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NJ
Posts: 1,458
I have never thrown out cartridges, though I do rinse them in old water change water.

Every planted tank benefits from dissolved carbonic compounds.

Consider adding plant roots into your HOB, (i.e. dieffenbachia, zebrina, pothos, spath, etc)
AirstoND is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Cocoa Beach, Florida
Posts: 13
Can you expand on this recommendation a little. Do you mean growing pothos out of the HOB? What added benefits does this have?
nate.e is offline  
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 09:17 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
milesm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: HI
Posts: 543
check out aquaclear hob's. no cartridges, just a coarse sponge for mechanical and biological filtration. there's enough room in the filter body to add a bag of carbon, peat, etc.

or you can cut an aquaclear sponge (can buy replacements at lfs) and fit it into your hob. i have one in a whisper/tetra hob.
milesm is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 03:11 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NJ
Posts: 1,458
Quote:
Originally Posted by nate.e View Post
Can you expand on this recommendation a little. Do you mean growing pothos out of the HOB? What added benefits does this have?
Keeps ammonia/nitrates/organics in check

Planted HOB thread.
AirstoND is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 03:30 AM
Planted Member
 
Neptoon'd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Skinners Mudhole
Posts: 206
Quote:
Originally Posted by AirstoND View Post
I have never thrown out cartridges, though I do rinse them in old water change water.

Every planted tank benefits from dissolved carbonic compounds.

Consider adding plant roots into your HOB, (i.e. dieffenbachia, zebrina, pothos, spath, etc)
Could you explain the benefits of leaving the old carbon cartridge in a bit more?

I just put a bag of purigen in each of my hob. In one I left the old carbon cartridge, in the other I didn't.
Neptoon'd is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 01:05 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
WheeledGoat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Chicago
Posts: 324
"carbonic compounds" = carbon matter... not the activated carbon cartridge.

most on this board don't use activated carbon in their filter, and I'm amoung them. it has little benefit for everyday filtering and just takes up space and costs money. save it for when you have to dose some medication and then use it to remove the medication. and remember a pack of activated charcoal only lasts like 30 days.
WheeledGoat is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 05:21 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
gSTiTcH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 838
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neptoon'd View Post
Could you explain the benefits of leaving the old carbon cartridge in a bit more?
Reusing the old media preserves the most important filter in your tank: the nitrifying bacteria colonies. If you trash the filter media instead of removing the mulm buildup, you are basically creating a mini-cycle at best, and a complete recycle at worst - ammonia spikes, nitrite spikes, etc.
gSTiTcH is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome