Can I use this filter for saltwater?

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  1. Ballgame

    Ballgame Millepora

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    my 10 year old son wants to convert his 20g freshwater to saltwater. But I just lost my job so I can't buy new equipment. Can a hang on back freshwater filter work?

    Thanks

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  3. civiccars2003

    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

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    yup I ran a 10 gallon for many years using the same type filter. Filter pads need cleaned and changed quite a bit and can get very expensive
     
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  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Yup I concur. :)

    Happy reefing.
     
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  5. insanereefer420

    insanereefer420 Fire Worm

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    Convert the filter to a refugium. You can get an aquaclear filter for cheap. Like $20 at petco. I was going to do this but decided on a sump. I have a buddy that runs 3 on a 55 so it can be done.
     
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  6. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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    as with others, yes, it can be done!
     
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  7. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    It can be done ball game, just keep up with water changes and filter cleanings regularly.
     
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  9. Piano10

    Piano10 Aiptasia Anemone

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    Yes. I run my 15g with an aquaclear filter, i don't use their filter media. I use filter floss and my carbon in a media bag.


    I change my floss weekly and my carbon monthly or so.

    I will suggest cleaning the filter and pump monthly...lots of detritus builds up in there and will cause nutrient issues.