From wet/dry trickle to external

Discussion in 'Filters, Filtration and Pumps' started by myboyshay, 6 May 2009.

  1. myboyshay

    myboyshay Member

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    At the mo, due to lack of funds, I'm stuck with my Aqua One AR850 and I really don't like the wet/dry trickle system.

    I'm wanting to purchase a tetratec external although I'm a little woried about the change over.

    Would it be best best to use the ceramic noodles already in the hood filtration system instead of the new ones or a combination of both? I'll rinse all the media in some tank water before filling the Tetratec.

    Any other suggestions would be great so I don't put my plants and livestock at risk.

    Thanks in advance

    Mark
     
  2. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi,
    I'd just transfer the old media over to the new filter. I wouldn't even rinse it. Instant matured filter. Why would there be a problem?

    Cheers,
     
  3. Dolly Sprint 16v

    Dolly Sprint 16v Member

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    Mark

    I have its big brother Ar980 and I did away with the wet & dry but kept the housing. Use the old media (noodles) you should have enough to fill the bottom tray see above - if not top it up with new noodles. The only other way of adding bacteria to the bio balls / sponges is to put them into the compartments within filter box - be carefull that you dont back the water up to much. If you are interested i have Ex1200 for sale its listed in the sales/swap threads. Attached in the diagram for a Ex600/700 & 1200 inrelation to media contents.

    tetra-spares-all.jpg

    Regards
    paul
     
  4. myboyshay

    myboyshay Member

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    Location:
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    Thanks for the replies, thought as much just wanted to double check.

    Thanks Paul, just bought the EX700 because I'm saving for a 60cm opti white at the minute and I'll use this filter with it.

    Cheers

    Mark
     

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