Filtration Pads : Yay-Or-Nay

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Uysster, 3 Sep 2014.

  1. Uysster

    Uysster

    Joined:
    28 Jul 2014
    Posts:
    331
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Windhoek, Namibia
    Ok, I'm wondering if it wil be good to add these pads to my system?
    I was thinking of adding them between the glass pieces of the bubble traps?

    Any opinions? Please motivate your opinions.

    If these do work, which I'm doubting, then the only thing I worry about is trapping detritus.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    they do work, use them on my nano, but on a larger system you will need alot of them...
    and they will clog long before they get used up
     
  4. Uysster

    Uysster Thread Starter

    Joined:
    28 Jul 2014
    Posts:
    331
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Windhoek, Namibia
    I would not mind taking them out and rinsing them then putting them back in?
    Then replacing them as per instructions?
     
  5. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    rinsing them will just use them up...what are you trying to replace using them
     
  6. Uysster

    Uysster Thread Starter

    Joined:
    28 Jul 2014
    Posts:
    331
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Windhoek, Namibia
    Nothing to be very honest.
    Since this is the only "additive" available in the whole of Windhoek?
    I mean, no test kits are even available.
     
    Last edited: 3 Sep 2014
  7. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    have you got
    vineger
    baking soda
    Epsom salts
    to name a few, then you have all you need :)
     
  8. Uysster

    Uysster Thread Starter

    Joined:
    28 Jul 2014
    Posts:
    331
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Windhoek, Namibia
    No...
    Not yet...?
     
  9. Uysster

    Uysster Thread Starter

    Joined:
    28 Jul 2014
    Posts:
    331
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Windhoek, Namibia
    Some more info please...?
     
  10. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    you can use vinegar to balance nutrients NO3 and PO4
    baking soda for alk, calcium chloride for calcium and epsom salts for Mg...
    i am not to clued up on DIY buy plenty links here and on advancedaquarist.com
     
    Last edited: 3 Sep 2014
  11. tobiejvr

    tobiejvr

    Joined:
    6 May 2013
    Posts:
    66
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Durban
    What do you use the vinegar for Dallas? I do make a mix of Epson salt and Slaked Lime and then drip n 2lt in over 24 hours.
     
  12. Uysster

    Uysster Thread Starter

    Joined:
    28 Jul 2014
    Posts:
    331
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Windhoek, Namibia
    I'd like to guess, one should only add those if one can also test those parameters?
     
  13. Reefer'swife

    Reefer'swife

    Joined:
    10 Jan 2013
    Posts:
    156
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Pietermaritzburg
    Bicarb for calcium??

    I thought bicarb was sodium hydrogen carbonate NaHCO3 which is baking soda and is used as a buffer i.e. alkalinity.

    Please correct if im wrong?
     
  14. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
  15. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    yip, order testkits online :)
     
  16. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    you are probably right, hence my reference to read up on it.... i'll reply in the morning with more details
     
  17. jimilutz

    jimilutz

    Joined:
    17 Jan 2013
    Posts:
    421
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    Randburg
    You are right. These two are the same and there is no calcium in them.
     
  18. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
  19. Uysster

    Uysster Thread Starter

    Joined:
    28 Jul 2014
    Posts:
    331
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Windhoek, Namibia
    You are correct in saying this.
    What tends to be an acceptable test kit for a beginner?

    I prefer an all in one type of kit?
     
  20. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    thanks for the correction :thumbup:
     
  21. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    redsea make a combo kit
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Filtration Pads Forum Date
Filtration pad phosphate remover General Discussions and Advice 12 Oct 2016
My DIY carbon filtration troff Anything DIY Related 22 Apr 2016
Filtration - Good Idea or overkill Beginner Discussions 20 Apr 2016
Coral as filtration media? Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds 11 Nov 2015
Right filtration system for new tank Beginner Discussions 14 Jun 2015
Ceramic Rings (filtration) Beginner Discussions 26 May 2015
Live rock alternative for filtration Beginner Discussions 18 May 2015