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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-24-2008, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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I'm in the process of building a DIY canister filter and now am at the point of choosing the media. the canister will be filled with 100% biological media. right now it looks like im inbetween nylon pot scrubbers and sponges (maybe a combo?). anyway, suggestions are much appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-24-2008, 11:52 AM
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Not sure what you mean by "100% biological media" but sponges are very good for biological as well as mechanical filtration. They need to be cleaned once in a while. In a reasonably stocked planted tank you don't really need lots of additional surface for bacteria ("biological filtration") but if you want that for whatever reason you could also use lava rock, ceramic noodles, and such. Pot scrubbers can work, but it's a bit risky if you don't know if they are treated with any 'cides.


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by 100% biological media i mean no chemicals will be used like carbon. yes, i know the plants contain the beneficial bacteria which is a big reason for having a planted tank. a little more oomph from a filter cant hurt. plus the filter will also be acting as my diffuser. and for the cost of going DIY all the way, why not? im new to planted tanks so if you guys have any good ideas or opinions on the subject, let me know.
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nylon scubbers are know to have more bio area than a bio ball check out monsterfishkeepers.com for more info.

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thanks! it looks like i'll be ordering them from a guy on the site.
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I would love to see your design for the canister filter. For I want to make 1.
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