RED-SEa Merlin - Fluidizied Bed

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by silver phanton, 9 May 2009.

  1. silver phanton

    silver phanton

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    Hi guys I have this Red Sea Merlin, which is a fluidized bed filter.

    aquaristic.net - Red Sea Merlin Plus

    the above link is the only one that had a pic

    I am thinking of adding this to the last chamber of the sump or would the middle sump be better - Just dont wana get any crap in it

    What do you guys think?

    I dont have the fillter media anymore, do you think playsand will work?
     
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    Hi silver phantom, I would suggest filling the reactor with either P04 remover or Carbon.
     
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    silver phanton Thread Starter

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    Thanks Mekaeel

    What type of carbon should I use? which brand as carbon in their range?

    Will carbon still do the samething as the "sand" in the reactor

    and finally what flow rate?

    one more - is carbon = activated carbon?

    am I right in saying that it is carbon that keeps your water clear?
     
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    hi silver

    i would not go the sand route as mek said rather go phos remover or carbon.

    yes carbon in this sense means activated carbon, unfortunately i am not an expert on makes / brands etc butr i guess you gett what you pay for. as for phos remover i am very happy with rowaphos.

    as for flow rate lower is better as you want the water to tricle trhough the media in order to allow a lot of contact time, yo can always use a valve to control flow (most units have this) although it does put strain on your pump in the long run
     
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