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Filter Media for Spec V?

I'm going to remove the carbon media bag from my filter. What are people using instead of carbon in that filter compartment? I'm assuming that Purigen would remove plant nutrients.


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Yup, purigen is what you want. It doesn't have an impact on plant nutrients
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I don't even use purigen in my spec v, I just use bio balls in the built in filter, then in my HOB I use filter floss and bio sponge
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Thanks Unloco

I'm a little confused though since the SeaChem site says Purigen removes nitrate among other things. I thought plants needed nitrate.

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I always replace the carbon with Fluval Biomax, or some kind of bio media. I never use carbon except to remove leftover meds.

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I never used the carbon, replaced it with a dollar store pot scrub.


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Thanks for all the input guys. I'll probably just do the bio rings from Fluval. Should I keep the carbon packet in case I need to remove tannins from the water from some Manzanita driftwood?


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Thanks for all the input guys. I'll probably just do the bio rings from Fluval. Should I keep the carbon packet in case I need to remove tannins from the water from some Manzanita driftwood?


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I wouldn't throw it away. Might come in handy some day


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That's a really cool build, just wanted to say. in mine I switched it out so its just the big black sponge, with filter floss in the hole compartments inside the sponge. But I have an HOB filter on it aswell with filter floss and bio sponges in it to.
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Only if the tannins bother you. They won't hurt anything. Normal water changes will reduce them over time as well.

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I'm going to remove the carbon media bag from my filter. What are people using instead of carbon in that filter compartment? I'm assuming that Purigen would remove plant nutrients.


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I kept the sponge and have 2 bags of biomax in it. This has worked for over a year.
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I run ChemiPure Elite, Purigen, Seachem Matrix and Filter Floss
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Filter floss on top of, and in the space under, the stock sponge block, and I replaced the carbon with a bag of porus bio media.

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