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Old 07-15-2012, 06:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Johan, this is a big favor to ask, but could you translate all or part of the article for us? Goggle translations are notoriously poor for anything with specialized terminology.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:24 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Niko - thanks for posting that site!!! Wow, what a great load of information! I have checked the site and will have to rely on the the translator to help me out.

Yo-han - like Michael requested, some good translation would serve this community really, really well. Filtration seems to be one of the most misunderstood aspects, and one that can spark some pretty big debate. I guess it's a lot to ask, but you never know till you ask please....?

I'll be out and about all day, but will have time tomorrow to do the online translator and read what the Dutch have to say about filtration...this is exciting to me. I love learning what is really going on and why certain things happen. It's cool to see that the water is clearing up by the hour as the nutrient load thins out and the filter media has increased by about 800%, but I want to learn WHY it's happening...

While I get to reading, the next part of this test will include letting the organics chill to a more typical situation and slow down with the feeding. I'll move a betta in there (she used to live in this tank before the experiment) as well, and increase the lighting schedule to a 5-4-5 "siesta" regimen. I am also going to add media, like the eheim hollow ceramic tubes or something similar, in the main body of the sump. This will happen after this week and will last two weeks just like this current round and the previous round.

Well, gotta run. Happy reading to anyone who wants to learn along with me...
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Haha, I'm free tomorrow so I'll see what I can do... but keep in mind I'm dutch. I'll probably beat google translate (at least I hope) but it won't be spotless english either.
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Thank you! Please post in a separate thread so we don't hijack this one any more than we already have.

If the information is as good as I think it will be, we'll make it a sticky.
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I was able to get through the Bio-Filtration portion of the website, but my translator left a lot to be desired. I picked up on the overall concept though, and if Yo-han is able to get some better translations posted here at APC then it will be a tremendous benefit to our hobby IMO.

In the meantime, this morning the water in the test tank was crystal clear. In the pic you can see reflections of the test equipment against the glass, but even with that little bit of glare you can still see how clear the water is. Melinda's hand was about an inch away from the glass on the other side.

Getting into what the website talked about, you can imagine what type of biofilm I had in the sump lately with the purposefully high organic content. I did a 30% water change yesterday and am no longer artificially ramping up organics, and by now much of the previous overload is beginning to break down. It's amazing to think of the different species living in that mess and where different species are at in different parts of the sump.
I also am pleased about the all-of-the-sudden leaf sprouts as the plants transition from emmersed to submersed growth.
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Johan has posted the first installment in the "equipment" forum. Perhaps not the best place, but we don't have a filtration forum. We can move it and make it a sticky later if that is a good idea.
https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...on-part-i.html
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:57 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Awesome...I like the idea of making a sticky somewhere for that thread. Yo-han really did us a solid favor on this.
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Eh, who needs a filtration forum anyway?
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Eh, who needs a filtration forum anyway?
You'd think that with 2 moderators having posted here we could figure something out...

I'll ask in the mod forum and see what the rules are for that.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:09 PM   #20 (permalink)
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A filtration forum would be a good place for the old "An excited word. . ." and "Laminar vs. turbulent flow" threads. I've adopted the conclusions and practices from those threads with good results.
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