HOB filter ok on saltwater staging tank?
Posted 28 November 2010 - 07:57 PM
Posted 28 November 2010 - 08:00 PM
Okay, just a quick question is it ok to run a whisper hob filter just for water flow in an aquarium with nothing living in it? I want to have somewhere to put my r/o saltwater and have it heated and moving. I know it would be ideal to have a powerhead like the koraila in it but I don't have one laying around to use! SO Just asking would it be okay to use this or would it release some sort of magnesium into the water that would be harmful when I go to transfer it and use it in my tank? I've heard that the hob filters will poison the fish so this is why I'm asking for some guidance here, any and all help is appreciated!
yes its okay to run it just for flow...
Posted 28 November 2010 - 08:15 PM
When I add salt is the salt not going to burn the motor up? That's also another thing the people told me about the hob filters that the salt would burn those motors up.. I'm just clearly asking as I do not know..
Posted 28 November 2010 - 08:27 PM
Posted 28 November 2010 - 08:47 PM
but i've been using a whisper for a year and a half and its still silent and flows like new.
Posted 28 November 2010 - 08:57 PM
Posted 28 November 2010 - 09:15 PM
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Posted 28 November 2010 - 09:46 PM
So back to mixing in the tank, I won't be using any media or "filtration" just the motor for flow as stated earlier until I get a small powerhead. So should I not have the tank close to full and mix my salt with hydrometer in tank and temp. Around 78°?
I was told it was ok this way just asking for experiences and your knowledge
Posted 28 November 2010 - 10:13 PM
You need to premix and heat the saltwater in a separate container, unless your tank is completely empty (i.e. no live rock or sand).
So should I not have the tank close to full and mix my salt with hydrometer in tank and temp. Around 78°?
Posted 28 November 2010 - 10:38 PM
So I should be fine mixing in tank...?
Posted 28 November 2010 - 11:42 PM
You may not have enough flow to get the salt suspended, though. You could end up with a lot just sitting in a dead spot.
Edited by tako, 28 November 2010 - 11:42 PM.
Posted 01 December 2010 - 09:11 PM
It also wouldn't be a bad idea to run a skimmer in newly mixed water. Newly mixed artificial seawater has much higher bacterial counts than typical reef tank water. Whether this is a problem or not is unknown.
Most artificial salt mixes also have detectable ammonia (it's a contaminant of magnesium chloride), so running a biological filter is not a bad idea either.
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