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Old 04-14-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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overfiltering?


Hey guys,
I have just set up a couple of 30" 10 gallon tanks (30"*8"*8") using 50% water from established tanks & 1 new filter & 1 old filter both rated for my usage Tom c80 mini canisters and aqueon 20's. the LFS I frequent asked me why, in my mind I feel more comfortable with double filtration so when I change media I always have a filter equal to the load on the tank & another ready if I must set up a tank in a hurry. Some of my tanks even have 3. My question is... is there such thing as over filtering a tank & if so why? Thanks in advance for input...
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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Nope, totally normal. Gives you redundancy and circulation for the tank
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There can be too much flow, but I don't think there's such thing as over filtering.
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Nah no such thing. I have normally have 1100gph going on my 75g. Two canisters both rated at 550gph. Right now however I have very small angels that cannot handle the current of both filters going at once, so one filter is off until they get bigger.
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Yeah I feel the same way, I don't know if its because of my extra filters or my 5-7% water changes every other day but I also have very low nitrates mostly less than 5.0 (I use api tests).
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I do make a lot of trips to the little windmill water shack in my neighborhood tho... : )
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Trust me you're not over filtering your tank
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What you're seeing under my tank is far more filtration than needed, the total rating is something like 635g on a 50g cube. You'll be fine
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Now that's a filter! I almost won one of those on eBay once, I'll bet your water is super clear!
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Extremely clear, it doubles as a reactor, it's in line with a rena xp2 and the filter on the right is a 2217
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Hello j...

First, using water from an old tank doesn't help the cycle of a new tank. The bacteria needed to use the waste the fish produce is on surfaces, there's very little in the old water. That's why you use media from an established tank to help cycle a new one. The porous media is where most of the bacteria lives. Gravel, decorations and plants from a cycled tank will also have colonies of bacteria.

If you want to cycle another tank instantly, just remove a good portion of media from an established tank and put it into the new one. Bacteria will grow to replace the amount removed in a very short time, possibly even in a few hours.

However, one a different note, having a lot of filtration in a tank doesn't keep the water clean. The filters are simply taking in dirty water and replacing it with water that's a bit less toxic. Large, weekly water changes are the only way to guarantee a stable water chemistry.


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