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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-09-2013, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Filter media in a canister filter

Hey,

I placed my Fluval 406 external filter a few weeks back, and now I am wondering if the default filter selection is optimal.
The filter came with 1 bio sponge, 1, bio balls+carbon, 1 carbon, 1 polish trays.

What's the contents of your filter?

I was considering replacing carbon with Purigen and adding phosphate removing medium.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-09-2013, 09:40 PM
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With my 306, I have from the bottom up: bio foam (tray 1, bottom), ceramic media (tray 2, middle) and then poly fill and 2 bags of purigen (tray 3, top). Also have the 4 foam pads.

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With my Fluval 306 I use the following media with great success: 4 course pre-filter sponges, bottom basket the stock foam pads, middle basket- Seachem Matrix biological media, top basket- micro filter pads with Seachem Purigen on top (1 side) and filter floss on the other side and on top of the Purigen.
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Iron based phosphate removing balls worth the space they take?
From what I can read, phosphate tests are very inaccurate, so it is hard to know if you need them or not...
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I have an Eheim ecco pro 200. it is set up as follows:
Course spounge
Seachem Matrix in the bottom compartment
Eheim Substratpro in the top compartment
Fine filter pad
Seachem Purigen (small bag)
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I've never used any phosphate removing media as my (planted) tank has found it's balance. Is your water source high on phosphates?

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course sponge- lava rock- polishing cloth - works like a champ

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I use the stock media setup except I replaced the carbon with seachem matrix

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I ditched the carbon and the polishing floss pads, added Purigen and all the ceramic and pot scrubbies I could fit in.

I have the same filter, also added a Filtermax III sponge prefilter, very happy with it.
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I have a sun/sun 304b and use bio balls and ceramic noodles only. I was using the fine floss pad but with the plants and amount of fish i have i found it got clogged and slowed my flow down to quick for comfort. I have a ghetto powerhead with filter floss in the intake tube used purely for water polishing, but even then thats not necessary unless i move plants around so for the most part its not even used. I could probally do away with the filter floss powerhead by adding a coarse sponge to the bottom tray.
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In my 306 I have 1 (bottom) Stock coarse sponge; 2) Fluval Biomax; 3) more Fluval biomax with polish pads on top. Every time I clean it I consider removing polish pads to improve flow, but ultimately end up washing them out and putting them back in. Not really sure why, they just seem good to have in there somewhere in the system...
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-11-2013, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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So I wound up with the following configuration:
1 bio sponge
2 seachem matrix
3 seachem matrix
4 phosphate remover and purigen (with a thin foam underneath)
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