Originally Posted by Keep goin
I'm always looking for info from those (like yourself) more knowledgeable than me!
I'm just trying to help others out (who need it)...never afraid to learn more myself...
Thanks in advance
sweden...not sure about autopots? (not familiar with them) But I would guess that this would be useful to anyone running a reservoir system. If you have a standing reservoir, I would try it.
Please remember, I don't run a reservoir. What I'm discussing with you is based on my years in the aquatic ornamental trade--large
volumes and numbers of fish and other aquatic animals, along with exotics--involving thousands upon thousands of gallons of systems.
So, if you can separate the carbon from the biological media, I would do that.
Carbon is generally considered to be a type of chemical filtration, because it is a molecular process by which it 'locks' onto compounds (adsorption or absorption). However, due to its highly porous nature, it does also provide homes for benthic nitrifiers. So, it seems to me that your goal should be twofold--provide suitable, constant housing for the microbes, while allowing the carbon to perform whatever chemical magic it's performing in your reservoir.
Separate them. Keep carbon rinsed until it's spent, keep bio-media and stop replacing it. If you do replace it, keep some of the old as an inoculant for the new. This can help shorten up the cycle.