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  1. HeyG

    The New, Improved, Marineland Emperor 450 Pro

    I recently, April 26, 2020, gave my Marineland Emperor Pro 450 filter its first, full, cleaning since initially, installing it February 15, 2020. So far, the maintenance that I have been doing on the filter has been simply, replacing the filter pads, using the plain, Marineland, Rite Size...
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    Nitrates, Algae and 'Algone'

    I should have made a water change set up like this a long time ago; it is now, much less of a hassle as I remember it was back in the days when I did water changes regularly; I did usually, do regular, gravel vacuming then, too, though. Yes, I realize it is the easy way out, not gravel washing...
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    Nitrates, Algae and 'Algone'

    On 2/12 I began reducing the amount of, and number of, fish food feedings; I have dis-continued the feeding of 'Tetra TetraMin Tropical Tablets', (tablets would nearly, immediately, begin to dissolve/disintegrate, producing very, fine particles 'polluting' the tank before the tablets would be...
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    The New, Improved, Marineland Emperor 450 Pro

    Here is a photo of my latest, and final, modification to the media cartridges which hold the 'cut to size' bonded filter pad material. This was done to securely, hold the pads between the cartridge halves. I drilled 9/64 inch holes, used 8 in long tie wraps, (locking end of tie wraps removed)...
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    Nitrates, Algae and 'Algone'

    I'll try to be sure to update this thread.
  6. HeyG

    Nitrates, Algae and 'Algone'

    Got the 'Algone' today. I used a paper punch and punched a hole through the sealed portion of the packet, attached a string to it and placed it in front of one of the filter pads in the Emperor Pro 450; it took a bit of time for the packet to absorb water and sink. I also, plan to do weekly...
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    The New, Improved, Marineland Emperor 450 Pro

    Maybe a sweet spot for something like a bit of Marineland's bio ring thingees, in an amount that would not reduce intake flow. They get 'funky', swish 'em around in some drained tank water.
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    The New, Improved, Marineland Emperor 450 Pro

    Oops, I thought you referred to the basket at the end of the inlet / inside the filter .... no, not really, planning on putting anything inside the strainer inside of the tank ... I like that it will spin around allowing me to rub gunk through and into the strainer cleaning it of any gunk...
  9. HeyG

    The New, Improved, Marineland Emperor 450 Pro

    No, I haven't anything in there, right now. . If I were to use it as a 'mechanical' I figure it might require more maintenance than if I did not insert anything. Maybe I would add some 'bio' material, though.
  10. HeyG

    Current USA Feshwater LED / Dual Ramp Timer

    Yes, that is an option, but kind of hoping to be able to avoid the removal, thanks, though.
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