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    Are you talking water quality or water clarity. If water clarity is the problem water is going throught the prefilters or solids filter too fast. I'm talking about multiple barrels in series for bioconversion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kent wallace View Post
    Are you talking water quality or water clarity. If water clarity is the problem water is going throught the prefilters or solids filter too fast. I'm talking about multiple barrels in series for bioconversion.
    Not clarity but quality...no filtering just straight bio.
    Sorry for the confusion.

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    What I'm saying is the first bio barrel does most of the work leaving very little for the next in series. Running two in parallel gives each the same intake water allowing the bio barrel that used to be second in series do much more work.

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    Mine will be consecutive moving bed bio chambers.

    Solids removal will be taken care of in a 7500 gallon sedimentation basin and aided by micro screens with air curtians.

    Borrowed the idea of bio chambers from commercial fish farm design.

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    With them being moving beds then they should definitely be run in parrallel. A moving bed provides for multiple passes of the water in the filter for each total pass through it. This means that any filter next in a series will have almost nothing left to convert. By running them in parrallel you'll be getting much more bioconversion than if run in series.

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    The design which was suggested was for 3 in a series. I opted for 2 only as what you say, not much for the second one. But the result will be as close to perfect water as possable.

    From my design, I will not have the room anyway for all to be seperate. I could really overload a pond if I wanted to. But that is not my intent. Pristine water is.

    Also with the 3 different media types will act a little differently form one another further enhancing the bio conversion.

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    Hi Jim,

    Great score, I have a 3 drum setup on my QT. I'm using a 1800 GPH submersible pump that is valved down to probably 1000 GPH give or take. The drums are joined in series with 3" ABS.

    1st drum - settlement / mech filter
    2nd and 3rd durms - bioflo9 moving beds

    Some pics:
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Blue barrels-1.jpg   Blue barrels-2.jpg   Blue barrels-3.jpg   Blue barrels-4.jpg  

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrseed View Post
    Kent,
    Maybe less efficient but better water quality. In my system I will have back to back bio filters.......3X2.
    Is not the name of the game water quality?
    I will also use 3 different types of media...K-1, Kontac and BeeCell in a 40-40-10 mix.
    what's Kontac?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcny View Post
    what's Kontac?
    Looks like adding machine tape roll.....


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    My water goes from my vortex to two fluid bed filters in parallel, then to two static fliters also in parallel, then to my pump. I am using the fibreglass tanks I got for free but they are the same dia. as the barrels. I'm flowing 6,000 gph through this system, or 3,000 per side, very little draw down. 4" lines with uni-seals all the way. This is a good way to go if you have the space for 4 barrels.

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