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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-05-2005, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Question What material should I be running in my Eheim?

What material should I be using in my Eheim? Currently my canister contains the following, bottom to top:

Coarse filter pad
Coarse filter pad
Pouch of Activated Charcoal
Coarse filter pad
Fine filter pad

Now from reading through some of old posts, I understand that the activated charcoal needs to be removed, as it can absorb nutrients beneficial to the plants. Could the activated charcoal be the source of my high phosphate levels?

What about the EHFIMECH and EHFISUBSTRAT? Are these materials providing any benefit?

Is there any filter material that I should be using to fine polish my water?

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I have 4 Eheims in the house and I use to run all that EFHIstuff in mine, minus the carbon, but found it all to be really unnecessary with a planted tank,
I have been running polyester fiber floss only,(changed ever two to three weeks) for well over a year, and found that is all that is needed for my heavy planted tanks needs, with great results.
I have never used carbon, from what I have read it is basically for non planted tanks as an odor eliminator, once it gets old it can cause problems by leaching.


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