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Old 01-29-2004, 08:50 PM   #1
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Whats everyone running as far as filter media in there Filstar XP series canister?

I only have what came with mine right now but I'm looking for what's going to work best in a soon to be heavily planted and fish tank.

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I just run various sponges. Courser in the botton to finner at the top. I dont use any carbon or carbon type material...


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Sponges are great. Good mechanical filtration, large surface for bacteria, even flow, even flow, reusable, easy to clean...

I use two fine, two medium, and two coarse sponges (~40/30/20 pores/inch) in each of my xp3's, and the ceramic noodles that came with them.
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I dont use any carbon or carbon type material...
Is carbon not good when used in a planted tank? Just wondering as I hear others say they don't like to use carbon.
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I dont use any carbon or carbon type material...
Is carbon not good when used in a planted tank? Just wondering as I hear others say they don't like to use carbon.
Yes it can absorb some of the nutrients that the plants need...

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What type of Sponges? Because I am wondering the same about what filter media to use in my XP3, I just have what came with it so far. I looked at my LFS and did not see any type of Sponges.
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What type of Sponges? Because I am wondering the same about what filter media to use in my XP3, I just have what came with it so far. I looked at my LFS and did not see any type of Sponges.
There are 3 kinds of sponges that Rena sells for the XP series of filters. Any online retailer should stock them... Same cant be said for most LFS..

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Old 01-30-2004, 04:13 AM   #8
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BigAlsOnline sells all of the filster supplies: 3 sponges, bio-stars, ceramic rings, the zorb pouches, the carbon pouches.

If you've always used Carbon in the tank, I suggest you ween yourself off of Carbon gradually instead of at once.

I got a bloom when I removed too much too fast.

With the trays you can pour in as much loose carbon as you want.
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I run the media that came in my XP2, which happened to come with a bag of ceramic rings. Again, no carbon, ammo-lock, bio-zorb....just the micro filter pad on top, after the 'noodles'.
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I was told to replace the carbon with lava rock. So i'll be doing that.
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I was told to replace the carbon with lava rock. So i'll be doing that.
that'll work, but so would ceramic rings. basically the carbon can become surface area for good bacteria, so the rock/rings just makes up for the lost surface area.
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