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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-25-2010, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Filter Media (kinda)

Well I wasn't sure if this belonged here or in the equipment forum. Anyway, I have a question regarding using poly stuffing in an HOB filter. My 29g tank had started to get a lot of little floating particulates in the water and was looking rather horrible. So I kept looking up the best way to cure this and everyone says filter floss. So I took the carbon bag out of my HOB filter and threw in a handful of filter floss. So right now at the bottom of the filter is the sponge, then the floss, then the bio media. Is this right? Also, can you help suggest anything else to help remove all the tiny particles from the water....or is water changes and floss it?

BTW when I bought the poly stuffing I made sure it didn't contain any flame retardant and was hypoallergenic.
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It would depend on the brand filter you have. Aqua Clear filters are designed to pass the water up through a sponge and then the media bag. Penguin and Tetra HOB filters are designed to pass water behind the cartridge so the water has to pass through the polyester floss first.

From your description you seem to have an Aqua Clear so unless the sponge is mangled it should be trapping the particulates. Have you cleaned the sponge recently? If it is deteriorating it may be time for a replacement.
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Just a wprd of caution on the stuffing...

I have used bonded quilt stuffing (the best imo, cut it to size) and poly stuffing. All said 100% pure, no additives, etc.

When I pit them in the filter unwashed, they water was clouded and I had to do several water changes to restore clarity. Some brand a didn't cloud the water. Regardless, I always wash the polyester pads I cut myself extremely well before use.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-26-2010, 10:08 PM
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Must be that Georgia quilt batting.
I've never washed batting or pillow stuffing. It would only take a couple of minutes though.


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