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Do you use fine filtration pads in your filters?

In my filter, the final filter pad always gets clogged up within 2 weeks and greatly reduces the flow of the filter. I'm thinking of abandoning the use of this reusable pad and just using the other mechanical filtration I have consisting of two trays of ehfimech and two trays of relatively dense sponges + purigen and the fine pad in the last tray.

Oh and the filter is an eheim 2075

I figure with the flow as low as it is right now and the water being clear I would have no problem removing it. It's been like 2 months since I've touched the filter haha


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I have a marineland c-220 and use fine filter, so far the flow seems good, even after 1 month. I love to just leave the fiter alone for months too lol.
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I guess there's only one way to find out. I'm going to take it out and see if that works.

I've heard of people leaving their eheim pro3's for up to 6 months and I can't figure out how that works with a fine pad lol


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I use biological filtration only. my tanks are Crystal clear

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Just what I wanted to hear


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yeah i mean unless u are depositing trash into your aquarium, bio filtration will break down everything in there and plants will use what the bio breaks down. since ur on a plant forum.. im assuming u have plants the only thing i do remove debris from my filter if its been there for more than a month and still looks like its not going to break down.

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I have a marineland c-220 and use fine filter, so far the flow seems good, even after 1 month. I love to just leave the fiter alone for months too lol.
I wholeheartedly second this.

I am running the same (neglected) setup w/o problem. I also added more filter floss (poly batting) in the tray where the carbon goes as I don't use carbon.

Next time I clean the filter I will be adding purigen to the filter.
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I wholeheartedly second this.

I am running the same (neglected) setup w/o problem. I also added more filter floss (poly batting) in the tray where the carbon goes as I don't use carbon.

Next time I clean the filter I will be adding purigen to the filter.

LOl nice! So what are the benifits of using purigen?
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I stopped using the fine polishing sponges a month ago, due to poor water flow like you mention. Now I only have big black porous sponge and filter rings in there, the water is still very clear, works fine. I do get more debris in the ceramic ring bags even with the black sponge, I rinse it occasionally.
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I do..
but I always rinse or replace it every couple month


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I have 2 Eheim Pro2 2026 and I use 3-4 fine filter pads on the top of the top baskets.

I wash them every month and replace as necessary.

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Put a rewashable coarse sponges infront of a fine filter. So the bigger crap doesnt clog the fine filter too quick.
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Put a rewashable coarse sponges infront of a fine filter. So the bigger crap doesnt clog the fine filter too quick.
great idea, will try this.
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yes but I replace them every other month
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I have an Eheim 2076 and use floss in place of the fine pad. My flow does drop off after a couple of weeks also so I just replace the floss every other week. I could be wrong but IMO, using the floss and pitching it every two weeks is just one more way to export organics and keep a clean tank.
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