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Cotton balls

Instead of using poly-fil can I use cotton balls until I get some poly-fil?

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Oh and I meant to put it in my media basket..

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I guess you could, probably be a PITA to clean them out though. Go to wal mart and get pillow batting. Make sure it doesnt have any mold treating or anything else. Its cheaper and works just the same.


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it will probably break down prety fast and clog up even faster. +1 on pollyfill, i have a bag from W-mart that has lasted me over a year and probably will last me the next 5 years for under 8 bux.
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i think the problem with cotton balls is that they are organic material

polyfil is a polypropylene product

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the cotton will break down in about 2 days

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I doubt it would break down that fast, but I'm sure it will compact really tightly after an hour or so in the filter.

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Yeah I was really worried about it compacting but it seems to be working fine. I wanted to get a second stage of mechanical filter, and specifically one that has much smaller holes, because I just put in a ton of plants today and disturbed that sand and such. And yeah I'll have to remove it because it is organic and will break down fast but hey, works like a charm for the time being.

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Where do you all place the poly-fill?

I have an Eheim 2215. Where would I put it in a 2215 and is there a possibility that this stuff (I don't know much about it) could damage the filter somehow?
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Walmart in the craft section get quilt batting on the roll. 5 dollars for 10 years worth of batting. Next to the pillow batting.
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Be careful and take care so that cotton does not loosen and get stuck in the propeller some how, then you will be sorry.
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