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jhays79 01-05-2013 07:59 PM

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?

houseofcards 01-05-2013 08:03 PM

Just buy any bulk filter floss, cut and put it in there.

driftwoodhunter 01-05-2013 08:11 PM

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.

Sluggo 01-05-2013 08:12 PM

Buy mesh media bags and use ceramic rings, bulk carbon, etc.

creekbottom 01-05-2013 08:25 PM

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.

GeToChKn 01-05-2013 08:44 PM

Plastic pot scrubbers from the dollar store usually fills 90% of any of my filters.

cclaeys 01-05-2013 09:49 PM

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

jhays79 01-05-2013 10:42 PM

Haha excellent! I will be hitting up the dollar store tomorrow!

R.sok 01-05-2013 10:45 PM

Like everyone else said. Polyester quilt batting (the stuff in certain pillows) That's all I use & my water ic crystal clear

jhays79 01-07-2013 12:03 AM

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!

Diana 01-09-2013 02:59 AM

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.

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