What was first: The Skimmer of Filter Floss?

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by 2balive, 2 Jul 2011.

  1. 2balive

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    I heave read a lot of literature that recommends first passing water through your skimmer before it goes through filter floss. As the skimmer remove the stuff out of the water while the floss let it remain in the water for a period, it is a better way of getting the "big" stuff out quickly.

    How many of you is doing it this way, and is it important? Complicates my filter.

    PS, yes, I know I should clean the floss once a day, no, i don't always.
     
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    I've got my floss in the overflow purely to grab bits and pieces of "stuff" before it gets to the pumps.

    Its also easier for me to access.
     
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    In my opinion, the "big stuff" is normally beneficial pods and other micro organisms that you are killing and preventing from circulating around your system, I don't run floss and never will, to me it is purely for freshwater tanks and not for marine tanks, but that's just me.
     
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    I'm system is but a few weeks old, so I still get the occasional piece of plastic from drilling in the floss. I'll probably take it out when I start stocking. I wont have time to do daily changes anyway.
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    That's another thing, the daily cleaning/changing of the floss is definitely not something that appeals to me. Cleaning the skimmer cup once a week is already too much labour.:p
     
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    +1. nope not just you, i'll leave fiølter floss out too and have a decent skimmer to remove the waste rather than greating a detritus trap and additional work for myself.
     
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    SchyffS Reef Aquarist

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    Filter floss is a lot of work. I would substitute it with a filter sock instead.
    For the purpose of a mechanical filter to remove large unwanted materials during the cycling period it is a good idea.
    My vote is with the others for long term reasons.
    It does wonders for water clarity.
     
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    Filter floss and chillers

    Do any of you run a chillers? Mine's instruction insist on "filtered" water into it only? Worried that it will get blocked without a particle filter in place?
     
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    No chiller here... RO iceblocks for m this summer... :biggrin:
     
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    the chiller thing....dilemma, well i suppose to keep your manufacture warranty you should run a floss filter as per the installation instructions.
    An inline filter should work, but im not sure which one to advise on.
     
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    Chiller and Filter Floss

    Mine is long outside its warrantee, but if I look at the gunk that came out of it with canister filter and two filter floss layers in front of it, would the chiller survive without it or does the gunk form in any-case?

    Where could I look at an inline filter? How would you clean it?
     
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    I saw something in a thread on MASA, its a type of filter in a clear RO canister. But cant say exactly. Its one of those paper chuck away filters that sits inside the canister. However a normal freshwater canister would be the safest bet.
     
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    Sorry to hijack guys, so filter floss can be a detritus trap in the overflow, but I've been told to put live rock rubble into my overflow. Is this advised even though I would assume it can also trap dirt?
     
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