Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Huntington Beach, CA, USA
I see no need to prestock any filter media. It alll lasts a long time. If I should suddenly find a pad totally falling apart in my hands, what would tthe result be of not replacing it right then?
Not much! In theory the water might be a hair less clean, there might be slightly less bio- filtering, etc. but nothing that would be a crisis for the week or so to get another pad shipped in. All my pads can be replaced with cut to fit media if it really bothered me. I don't remember ever having to replace foam pads.