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01-09-2013 03:59 AM
Diana I stuff all my filters to replicate the Aquaclear style. I have a lot of Aquaclears, too.

Sponge at the bottom. (Actual Aquaclear sponges)
Quilt batting on top of the sponge.
Nylon stocking of loose media that varies with the tank: Peat for soft water, coral sand for hard, and ceramic bio noodles or lava rock. I can cut knee-hi stockings into 3 media bags for small filters or 2 larger bags for the bigger filters.

I cut the plastic frame from the cartridges about 1.5" high so it just sits in its grooves at the top of the filter, and keeps the media from falling into the tank.
01-07-2013 01:03 AM
jhays79 Bought a TON of pot scrubbers at the dollar store today for less than the cost of 1 box of filter cartridges! Got some batting too, I should be set for a long time!
01-05-2013 11:45 PM
R.sok Like everyone else said. Polyester quilt batting (the stuff in certain pillows) That's all I use & my water ic crystal clear
01-05-2013 11:42 PM
jhays79 Haha excellent! I will be hitting up the dollar store tomorrow!
01-05-2013 10:49 PM
cclaeys yeah those plastic pot scrubbers are what I use too and filter floss or the batting for some water polishing if necessary - just make sure you get the ones without soap or anything else in them...last time they were 6/$1 at the dollar general or whatever, dont forget the cheese balls and fiddle faddle while you are there
01-05-2013 09:44 PM
GeToChKn Plastic pot scrubbers from the dollar store usually fills 90% of any of my filters.
01-05-2013 09:25 PM
creekbottom I had a tetra whisper 20. I kept the backbone for the floss bag as a divider, but I probably didn't need it. I used ceramic rings and small lava rock in the HOB.

oh wait, the divider was to keep the bag of purigen seperate from the floss, and to keep the floss in the filter.
01-05-2013 09:12 PM
Sluggo Buy mesh media bags and use ceramic rings, bulk carbon, etc.
01-05-2013 09:11 PM
driftwoodhunter yes, filter floss is great. Just go to a Walmart or a fabric store and buy the polyester quilt batting sold in the fabric/crafts dept (if a Walmart) Get the stuff that made in sheets for blankets/quilts, not the fluffy loose batting used for pillows.
01-05-2013 09:03 PM
houseofcards Just buy any bulk filter floss, cut and put it in there.
01-05-2013 08:59 PM
jhays79
What can you use besides filter cartridges on HOB filters?

I'm tired of paying for filters on my whisper HOB filters. It seems like after a few months they fall apart if I try to rinse them out in old tank water. IS there a more cost effective item I could get at a store like Lowes or Home Depot and make my own?

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