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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-28-2012, 04:05 AM
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Oh and I forgot one more thing - you can chain more than one of them together if needed.
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 12:11 PM
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I'm confused, where are you guys using the pre filters? All the filters on my hang on back filters are rectangular?
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post #18 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 01:23 PM
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I'm confused, where are you guys using the pre filters? All the filters on my hang on back filters are rectangular?
They go over the intake strainer of the HOB so they are inside the tank, not inside the HOB.

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That's what I was thinking, I might have to pick some up and give it a try!
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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 03:28 AM
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i use prefilters on all my tanks... yes the fluval keep your media cleaner... and if you have shrimp they LOVE eating the stuff on them and in my shrimp tanks i never have to clean them... i use the corse stuff in my betta tanks and the filter media is WAY dirtier.. but as they are small tanks i wanted a smaller pre filter...

what SS pre filter are you using? i like the slim lines of them SO much better!
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post #21 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 07:40 PM
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Think about the flow of water, and follow the debris.

Use the coarser media first, then the finer.

I use a coarse sponge, purchased for a large pond filter then cut to size over the intake of my larger filters. I use Aquaclear filter sponges over the intake of smaller filters.
This means the first mechanical filter in the system is the largest cell size.

Inside the filter the mechanical media will be medium and finer. This keeps them all in order so the debris is filtered out in a way that keeps all the media in use, and it usually all plugs up about at the same rate.
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