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One of my tanks has the foam, an old carbon bag from months ago and ceramic rings.. the other ones are just filter foam for now.
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I'm loyal to aqua clear so I run their Sponge and the rest I fill with their ceramic rings.
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I just have some filter pad wrapped around the plastic insert it came with and shoved down in there.

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Sponge, Filter Floss, TWO Fluval Bio-media

I might take out the floss, I have those pre-filter on the intake.... that just takes out all the dirt.



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I run pre-filters too. You hardly ever have to clean the actual hob media when using them!
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That the whole point of my problem , sad face.

I get a ton of stuff on the pre-filter and I'm afraid to deep clean the sponge because a ton of dirt comes flying out. It's almost as if the sponge *wait for it ... *wait for it.... IS IN THE TANK! I'm thinking of removing it but then my Rilli Shrimp will get killed.

I like the idea of having the sponge in the HOB take most of the dirt so I can just squeeze that brown juice out. With the pre-filter it seem as if all the waste just mix with the tank. It's that damn small opening on a 6 gallon, the smallest amount of dirt just brown the water.



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Pre-filter is the way to go! so easy to clean.

I just got an aq 20 and 70 for 30$ off a classified site. They have some old yellow sponges in them which i will just keep. I bought a box of bio rings to add in.. How many rings would you say its safe to steal from my cycled aq 20 to seed the other filters?
Is a few rings in each one enough or do you need more than that?
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I have the sponge, ceramic media, and lava rock. I also use a prefilter sponge.

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What media does everyone run in their hob?
Hi shift,

I run Aquaclear HOB's, I think the horizontal placement of media is by far the best; also they are great for DIY CO2 diffusers. I use the foam pad X2, that's all. When it is time to clean them I use tank water, rinse both thoroughly, and put back in filter.

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All my ACs are packed with two sponges with filter floss for mechanical.

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Running a Fluval C4, I have blue foam (cut to fit), biomax and purigen

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Re: Whats in your HOB?

Just filter floss out the filters that came with the hob

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I just loaded the 2 new Aqua Clears each with 1 sponge and a ton of bio-rings.
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