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Top Poster: markf1fan (4,905)
Filter bacteria multiply more quickly as temperatures increase.
The water temperature coming out of the heater is higher than that going in.
Has anyone made a conscious decision to run their bio filtration post heater? Ok not particularly practical in every situation but there would seem to be an advantage ?
For a pump-fed pond, it's actaully the most practical position and is where I've just placed mine, also for the above reason... Of course if the ammonia isn't there in winter, the bugs aren't going to grow that much......
I would imagine if we do heat that the time that the filter could get the warmer water would be minimum as surly the temperature would soon even out and once the bugs do get going they can multiply very quickly in the right environment.
Good thinking though got me thinking about some things
I love keeping an open mind just wish i had one that worked OK
Yes it is sometimes good to think outside the box and some good can come of it and thats why its always good to have a chat about these things.
I was just thinking as you was worried about the warmer water on the filters and what if the warmer water was to help them out more as we know when they are warmer they can multiply faster ???????????????????????
Guess there could be a downside if the heater was before the BIO and the water was too hot - it could kill the Bio activity, just a thought as it always pays to keep an open mind.
I think the water is passing so quickly through the heater that there's very little heat increase; given that even with a pump that's turning over the entire pond volume in 2 hours, it still takes 6 - 8 hours to increase the temp by 1'c, so I guess there's zero chance of the water being too hot... I'll do some measuring...
I plan to put an aquarium heater in the filter of my quarantine tank where the filter is sited above and part of it, in the hope that a small body of water (in my man shed) will chill less than a pond full.