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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:42 pm Post subject: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

 HI  everyone,
 I  was  wondering  if  i  can  use  cotton  as  a  filter  media  for  my  marine  tank?  The  reason  i  am  thinking  of  cotton  is  it  will  filter  even  the  minutest  particles.  Any  suggestions?
 The  reason  i  am  askin  this  is,  since  it  filters  even  the  minutest  particles,  will  it  also  filter  off  the  dissolved  salts?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:59 pm Post subject: Re: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

 Are  you  serious  ?Eyebrow  
 
 
 ~  Just  buy  filter  floss  or  filter  socks  ~  Eyebrow
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:57 pm Post subject: Re: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

 I  never  had  a  marine  tank..  but  my  common  sense  says  some  how  cotton  will  decay  over  time..  probably  in  few  days..
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:48 pm Post subject: Re: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

 @gator
 already  got  filter  floss,  was  just  wondering  on  using  the  cotton,
 
 @cyclopse
 my  common  sense  says  that  its  a  good  filter  media  and  to  replace  it  every  2  or  3  days   Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:35 pm Post subject: Re: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

 Cotton  wool  will  last  longer  without  decay.  But  it  wont  filter  dissolved  solids.  Any  physical  filter  media  will  only  remove  particulate  or  suspended  solids,  dissolved  solids  need  an  RO  membrane  or  chemical  precipitation.
 
 Mudassir  I  would  encourage  you  to  be  innovative  and  try  diy,  it  helps  bring  down  costs  significantly.  I  have  a  diy  skimmer,  diy  canister  filter  and  diy  sea  salt,  my  setup  and  running  costs  are  rock  bottom  and  my  marine  tank  (fish  and  anemones)  are  doing  great.  My  next  project  is  a  diy  test  kits  Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:41 pm Post subject: Re: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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Cotton  wool  will  last  longer  without  decay.  But  it  wont  filter  dissolved  solids.  Any  physical  filter  media  will  only  remove  particulate  or  suspended  solids,  dissolved  solids  need  an  RO  membrane  or  chemical  precipitation.
 
 Mudassir  I  would  encourage  you  to  be  innovative  and  try  diy,  it  helps  bring  down  costs  significantly.  I  have  a  diy  skimmer,  diy  canister  filter  and  diy  sea  salt,  my  setup  and  running  costs  are  rock  bottom  and  my  marine  tank  (fish  and  anemones)  are  doing  great.  My  next  project  is  a  diy  test  kits  Smile                

 
 I  want  to  be  in  your  team   Smile  ,  and  I  am  sure  Sujo  will  be  already  with  you.
 
 Cotton  is  Organic  material  and  will  have  atleast  some  reaction  with  Salt-  am  I  right?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:03 pm Post subject: Re: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

 Cotton  fibre  has  fantastic  resistances.  Decays  only  after  prolonged  exposure  to  temperatures  above  150  degrees.  Moisture  has  no  effect  and  most  organic  solvents  dont  dissolve  it.  
 
 Check  this  out  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton#Fiber_properties
 
 It  probably  will  be  a  pretty  good  aquarium  filter  media.  The  only  problem  i  can  think  off  is,  if  the  fibres  come  loose  they  can  clog  the  skimmer  or  guts  of  fish,  but  that  can  be  remedied  by  putting  cotton  in  fine  nylon  mesh  bag  :)
 
 @garothmaan  -  thanks  for  showing  interest.  I  will  post  results  of  my  diy  test  kit  project.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:08 am Post subject: Re: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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Cotton  wool  will  last  longer  without  decay.  But  it  wont  filter  dissolved  solids.  Any  physical  filter  media  will  only  remove  particulate  or  suspended  solids,  dissolved  solids  need  an  RO  membrane  or  chemical  precipitation.
 
 Mudassir  I  would  encourage  you  to  be  innovative  and  try  diy,  it  helps  bring  down  costs  significantly.  I  have  a  diy  skimmer,  diy  canister  filter  and  diy  sea  salt,  my  setup  and  running  costs  are  rock  bottom  and  my  marine  tank  (fish  and  anemones)  are  doing  great.  My  next  project  is  a  diy  test  kits  Smile                

 
 
 Id  like  to  see  some  pics  of  your  setup...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:07 pm Post subject: Re: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

 set  up  the  cotton  yesterday  in  the  HOb  and  it  helped  in  removing  a  load  of  dteritus,  even  the  minutest  of  particles  appear  to  have  been  removed,  i  was  only  afraid  that  it  would  have  some  affect  on  the  dissolved  salts,  but  no  affects,  all  the  fish  etc  are  good  and  so  is  the  salinity.  
 
 @Silmaril
 thanks  for  your  encouragement  on  DIY  stuff.  The  cotton  doesnt  decay  for  a  long  time  but  it  gets  clogged  quickly,  so  i  feel  its  best  to  change  the  cotton  every  2  or  3  days.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:56 am Post subject: Re: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

 i  had  these  in  my  first  ever  marine  tank  and  well  all  it  will  do  is  increase  nitrate.
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 I  did  try  it  in  my  earlier  days  and  what  is  got  is  foul  smelling  gas  from  it.  I  guess  the  fish  wont  like  it  either.
 To  be  logical,  is  there  any  advantage  using  cotton  to  filter  floss  or  sponge?  Replacing  it  every  2-3  days  is  going  to  cost  you  a  lot
 and  second,  its  gonna  create  hydrogen  sulphide  probably(guessing  with  the  smell  of  the  gas).
 Another  big  disadvantage  is  that  the  cotton  becomes  impermeable  after  a  few  hours  in  operation.  Try  pouring  water  over  some  fresh  cotton  and  you  can  see  it  going  through  straight  away.  Soak  it  for  5-6  hours  and  then  try  the  same  experiment.  The  water  just  glides  away.  When  I  first  used  it  in  my  top  filter,  the  water  started  leaking  from  the  sides  since  the  cotton  was  not  able  to  balance  the  inflow.  Might  be  you  can  try  it  in   a  pressurized  setup  like  canister,  but  even  then  I  guess  it  will  clog  your  impeller  too.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:48 pm Post subject: Re: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

 how  about  using  glass  wool  as  filter  media
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:46 pm Post subject: Re: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

 keeping  my  option  open,  have  a  ton  of  cotton  at  home,  so  now  worries  about  it,
 just  wanted  to  know  if  cotton  can  be  used,   Smile
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keeping  my  option  open,  have  a  ton  of  cotton  at  home,  so  now  worries  about  it,
 just  wanted  to  know  if  cotton  can  be  used,   Smile                

 
 Use  Gandhiji's  method  and  make  a  cloth  to  use  as  filter  ROFL  .  Now  no  one  will  object.  cotton  in  cloth  form  Chuckle
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:42 pm Post subject: Re: cotton as filter media for a marine tank Reply with quote

 Well  in  that  case  why  not  use  some  coconut  husk?   Thumb Down  
 I  think  the  point  is  you  are  trying  to  use  an  idea  which  doesn't  make  sense  over  the  long  run.
 Buy  some  filter  floss  and  you  will  appreciate  4-5  months  from  now.
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