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Old 05-01-2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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Fluval 206 Question


This weekend I am going to buy an external canister filter for my 125L. After much research I'm going for the Fluval 206 because I'm not that impressed with the filtration of the TetraTec I have. My understanding is that this has three baskets, two of which are split. I was thinking of doing something like this...

Top basket... JBL MicroMec (Full Basket)
Middle basket... JBL SilicatEx (Half Basket)
Bottom backet... Fluval Bio-Foam (Full Basket)

Does this look okay?
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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My 206 has 3 idential baskets - none are "split".

I have foam in the bottom and a mix of ceramic pellets/tubes/rocks in the top 2, with a polishing pad under the ceramic stuff in the top. Can't comment on the JBL MicroMec or SilicatEx, don't know what they are and I'm kinda lazy right now after lunch, can't even bring myself to google 'em...

I've read that the polishing pad can have an impact on flow (and I'm battling that right now on my 29 gal. Might also be the UV light, reactor, and inline heater, but I digress...) I've decided I'm gonna get rid of the polishing pad the next time I'm in there, and replace it with some other polishing material, maybe that blanket baffling stuff. I just saw that my wife has a bag of it. Not sure why she has it or what she intends to do with it, but I'm gonna open it and take some. I'm sure she won't miss it.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:26 PM   #3
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WheeledGoat is correct, the 306 and 406 have the divided baskets. I have mine from bottom up: bio foam -> bio-max -> polishing pad and purigen
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Oh yes, that reminded me... I was looking at some Purigen as I've used it before with great results. I was just worried it might affect my pH. Are there any other products similar to Purigen?
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:07 AM   #5
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Purigen will not impact your PH. Really good product!
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I have a 406, so far its been very good (almost a year). I stopped bothering with the polishing pads (clog fast), but I use Purigen, sponges and lots of bio media, and I run a Filter Max 3 pre-filter. With the standard tubes and outlet pipe it has had plenty of flow, never tried to run an inline heater or lily pipe or anything.
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