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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-22-2005, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Scored a new Fluval 404 for 5 bucks!

Now, I've had my trusty lil 204 for about a year now. The media that comes with the baskets fit just right.

But with the 404, there's not that much media to spread out among all the baskets. Do I need to buy more to fill them (I'm talking about the ceramic biorings)? Or is the space in the baskets ok being empty?

Also, do I really need the prefilter rings (the ones that are hexagonal tubes) that are supposed to go in the first bottom basket?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-22-2005, 09:13 AM
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How did you manage that? I been scouring craigslist for two months. There were a few free ones but all north bay. I hope i get lucky eventually.
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I'd try maybe using some sort of floss in the lower two baskets, then ceramic rings in the top two.

I use my 404 on my turtle tank so I use 2 baskets of carbon and 2 of rings.

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Originally Posted by jimmydrsv
How did you manage that? I been scouring craigslist for two months. There were a few free ones but all north bay. I hope i get lucky eventually.
whats the craigslist??

As for the 404 media you cn put whatever you want in the open baskets. they usually have one basket open so you can put a different filter media then what comes with them in it. say you want a peat moss buffer, you can fill the basket with that, or if you want to add more bio balls, or rings.

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Craigslist is kinda like the classifieds in the newspapaer only online, its free to list and you can select your local cities. Lots of free stuff and really cheap stuff. I brouse over it every once in a while.

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We know that "good" bacteria will grow and thrive in balance with the load of the tank. So this extra area to put media may not really make a difference. You could fill it with more noodle's, but it isnt going to increase the "good" bacteria. It may spread the colonies out a bit, but I dont know if there is an advantage to this.

I might add a bit more noodles and some more floss. I think what you have gained here is more flow through the tank. Also it probly will help the efficiancy of an inline reactor if you are using one. And for 5 bucks.....sounds like a tasty deal to me.

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