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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-26-2003, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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OK, so I have an AquaClear 150 on my 20 long, and an XP2 on my 29 gallon. In both filters all I have is sponges and bio stars (even in the AC 150). They seem to be doing really well, I was just wondering what other people used in their filters. I know that most do not like carbon on planted tanks, but what about the other filter media that removes ammonia.

The reason I ask is because I think I need to find a finner sponge for my 150, because particles are still making it through. I also have a concern that I should be using something else as well, even though everything is going well.
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I have 2 FILSTAR XP3's on my main tank....100 gallon...using the ceramic media from petsmart in the upper chamber....in the lowest one I have the provided sponge........I clean once per month cuz im OBC as wasser and others would say..but i alternate a couple of days between.....nothing else on filtration for that.....10 gallon and 15 gallon using whisper 200 filters with some spare ceramic from the 100 gallon....works well...


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I just set up an Aquaclear 200 on a 20g tank and left off the carbon. I put the foam block on the bottom and lava rock on top. I might add another layer of polyfill (quilt batting) to help with fine particles.

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I'm running a Fluval 204. I have the foam pad on the side and ceramic in the bottom 2 baskets. I was running some polyfill in the 3rd basket for a while, but didn't see much benefit so I took it out.

Now I'm running a couple of tablespoons of crushed coral in the third basket to bring up my KH.
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