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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-21-2008, 04:16 AM Thread Starter
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DIY microfiltration

Hail all you DIYers...

Just wondering.....Can anyone suggest a DIY version of a microfiltration media for a canister filter? What kind of material would be suitable for this?

I have a Rena XP2 filter, and the microfiltration pad that came with it, is dirty beyond cleaning. I was wondering i'd ask here for ideas before ordering replacments online.... they are cheap...but i want to feed my DIY ego

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Go to a craft store or even Walmart and get some 100% polyester batting(pillow stuffing). For $4 you'll have a huge supply that should last a long time. You can just shake/rinse it in old tank water to clean/dislodge it and reuse, then replace when its falling apart or really dirty.
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thanks for the suggestion...

i checked around and didn't find any stores that actually sold polyester batting,... I did however find a quilting goods manufacturer close by and just asked them for some. The guy there ripped of a huge piece of the batting from a roll and just gave it to me for free.

I cut and folded into appropriate squares, rinsed it and put it in the filter. But i cant tell you yet if the results are good, I'm going through a green water period, so it's impossible to tell if the microfiltration is working.

One thing i did find in IKEA, was some polyurathane foam... it looked like it could do the job also, but i didn't know if it would be safe for aquarium use.

Any ideas?

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Polyurethane is safe for fish. Some places make pond liners out of it.


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I buy this

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...53&pcatid=4353

then cut to size.


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