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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-18-2004, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering what everyone uses as filter media in their tanks. I know most of you guys use either canister or drip wet/dry filters. I currently have dual Emperor power filters. I went this way to avoid the additional cost of a big external canister/wet/dry...

The issue is that I don't really know what to use as a filter media.. I understand that using activated carbon is a big No-No, so what remains? Phosphoguard is an option if you need to reduce phosphates, but other than that, I am left with:

Chemical filtration: None, rely on plants
Biological filtration: Plants + biowheel
Physicsl filtration: Use empty filter media (no carbon, just mesh)

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I use floss, phos-guard, algone and bio media.

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well, I run a canister, but if you had an AquaClear (I'm not familiar with Emperors, so this could apply to them to) you could put a sponge in with some filter floss, or put some ceramic rings in the bottome, then a sponge...and possible even some filter floss too.

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I use the sponges in Aquaclear filters and sometimes toss some floss in.
In my canister I use cermic rings for he biological filter and filter pads and again at times toss in some filter floss.

I never use ammonia of phos removal stuff. Water changes do that. And you shouldn't have an ammonia problem in an established tank anyway. But even if you do I rather do a water change.

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I have a AquaClear 300 on my 55 Gal tank.
I use 3 sponge blocks, one in each slot.

And on my smaller tanks I cut the sponge block to fit the smaller filters that came with them.

What is the benifit of adding filter floss over sponge alone?

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Floss is denser. If for some reason I stir things up and there seems to be some particals in the water the seems to get since it is denser.

Other times I will use floss when I take one foam block out (I use 2 in my aquaclears) to clean it. That way I have something in there with the other foam. Just making sure I don't kill out the biological filter by taking them all out at once. The floss I use just as filler in the filter.

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Sponges. Fine sponges. Medium sponges. Coarse sponges. More sponges :mrgreen:


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Aquaclear filters here and I use floss and sponges.
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Does anyone have any experience with "Renew" media from Seachem?
It claims to have similar properties to activated carbon but will not agressively scrub away the chemicals needed in a planted tank.

For those who are not familar, with the setup I have with Emperor powerfilters, there's a pair of slots where you'd normally slide pre-fab carbon filter media inserts (mesh bag, with carbon in it).. then there are a pair of empty media baskets behind that. The question is, when I rip out the pre-fab things, what do I do to replace them.

I bought some 100micron mesh stuff that's supposed to be good for doing mechanical filtration, and I chopped up a bunch of fluval foam and stuck it in the basket to provide some more mechanical and some surface area for nitrifying bacteria. Keep in mind that this unit has 2 big bio-wheels.

With my 75g tank I have two of these emperor setups, which do 800g/hr...

Could this level of surface agitation/water flow be causing me problems as well?
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Aquaclear, with 2 sponges and ceramic rings.
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aqualclear 200 with 2 sponges, standard setup of a fluval 104 with the ceramic bio material included with the filter. I also some times use the 201 quickfilter. (all products from Hagen)

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Polyester fiber fill makes a cheap, easily changable media. It is available at Wal Mart (or your LFS for a lot more $), just make sure you get the cheap, untreated variety. (avoid the anti-mold stuff)

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