Aquaclear Powerhead

By · Monday, August 10th, 2009

Aquaclear Powerhead

The main problem with the sponge filter media of any kind is obstruction due to mechanical filtration. The best filter media design sponge is one which maximizes the amount of time between cleanings for the media to not clog sponge under normal use.
When the slow flow or the water begins to flow around the means sponge media (as in many Aqua Clear Filters), you need to rinse / clean your filter media sponge.
The best method is to use the tank water used a change in water and squeeze the sponge several times until nothing more is expelled from the sponge. You can also use de-chlorinated tap water or well water (without chemical additives) to clarify their means of sponge. They are often used both methods and I will use the de-chlorinated water to the final rinse until the rinse water not dirty.

The reason laying flush with water tank used or de-chlorinated tap or well water is beneficial not to destroy the colonies of aerobic bacteria that form in the pores of the media sponge communication over time. This is important to remember when your sponge media starts to degrade and need changing. At this moment the best is to add an additional sponge your tank ahead of time to allow this sponge to "seed" with aerobic bacteria.
This can be achieved simply placing the sponge in a new area of high water flow and dissolved oxygen or the addition of a sponge filter second, pre-filter, filter head of the bed, the ECT in the aquarium a means of allowing the sponge to "seed". The time is usually allow 10-14 days for the correct bacterial seeding "."

Adding additional sponge filters, pre-filters, or similar is very beneficial for maintaining a healthy biological environment in your aquarium, as this allows an easy change of sponges without worrying about the destruction of beneficial bacteria colonies in your tank, not to mention the improvement of biological filtration and mechanical filter, where all filters are working properly.
Additional sponges in your aquarium can also be used to "seed" colonies of bacteria in a new aquarium.

Basic Sponge filtration;

How does a sponge filter:

When your filter sponge is connected to an air pump, the column of rising air in the tube causes the water with her. A higher elevation tube allows more flow rate (here is where Hydro Sponge filters Excel).
You can measure the flow of water (which may be useful to know) slightly tilting the filter with the top of the exit just above the waterline of the aquarium and the timing of the fill rate in a pitcher or gallon jug. If you fill the jar in 30 seconds, multiply 2 times per minute for 60 or 120 gallons per hour.
You can also add an air diffuser at the end of the pipe on the outlet pipe to produce bubbles and more lift.
When is connected to a power head, the pump pushes water through the sponge. With this method, I recommend using an air diffuser, which usually comes with more power aims to improve dissolved oxygen levels.

The water is pumped through the sponge filter media, where the waste is mechanically trapped and bacteria aerobic remove waste nitrogen as ammonia and nitrites. For ponds, a sponge of the most porous media is better to allow a better flow and less accumulation of residues of mechanical filtration. For aquariums with either internal, pre-filter, or a standard sponge filter media half cell foam, with many tiny pores to trap bacteria is the best (again this is where " = "_blank"> Meta Hydro sponge filter excels in its patented design).

For more information about sponge filter, please see this article:
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By Carl Strohmeyer

20 Gallon Long Nano Reef Aquarium

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