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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Foam filters when off

I run three internal Top Fin MF-10 filters in my tank, scheduled for 2 on, 1 off, each offset by one hour. What happens with my foam bacteria when the filter is not running?

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If it's just an hour? Likely not a lot.

The bigger question is why you're doing that. So... Why are you doing that with your filters?
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Foam filters when off

It is only a 20 gallon tank, so I have more filtration than I need. I run the schedule for a few reasons.

The hour off lets stuff drop from the intake.

The cycle seems to stir the mulm.

The fish seem to enjoy having multiple flow patterns.

And finally, I needed an excuse to practice programming on my Neptune Apex EL.


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Interesting filtration system. I like the variety of flow.

I agree the sponge will not lose bennefical bacteria.

The only issue I see is increaded wear and tear on the filter from being restarted each day.
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I know I am repeating myself, but I am enjoying the irony of running three $12 filters with a $500 automation system! I am currently waiting for replies on the Apex forum for how to program a fake control for my Fluval 3.0 lights, so I can track temp and pH vs lights and filters.

I've already tested one thing. I had my MF-10s stirring air in by running at the waterline. When I pushed them down about six cm, I saw my pH drop by from about 8.5 average to about 8.1.

It used to have inverse pH correlation with my temp after I removed my heater, but now they seem more in-sync with each other.

I don't want to draw any conclusions, but it is fun to combine my IT skills with my aquarium hobby.

BTW, if I ever decide to add CO2, can my realtime pH monitoring save me from running a drop checker? I can automate a solenoid based on pH.

Cheers,

Jason

I will add that I think these filters are the most economical utility powerhead filters on the market. They look like Cylon kitchen equipment, but they have a nice foam filter in a plastic box you can pull out, even while the filter is running and suctioned to the glass. They come with some carbon in a cut cylindrical slot in the foam, capped with a fitted foam cylinder. I'll run as-is in my top-off bucket, but for in-tank, I dump the carbon, push the cap in, and run the full foam edge at the bottom, to keep babies out.

Basically, I value it as a baby-proof powerhead which happens to have a nice block of foam!

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