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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-14-2011, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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canister media

hey guys i just got a eheim pro 2 what kind of media do you guys use carbon or something else
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-14-2011, 02:05 AM
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I don't use carbon in my filters, it can pull nutrients out of the water that your plants need. In my filters I use biological media and course sponges, that's all you'll ever need.
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-14-2011, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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what kind of biological media
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Eheim Ehfisubstrat, Fluval Biomax, Seachem Matrix, any porous media will work
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there are 2 layers to the filter you use bio in both
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I would, I use as much bio as possible usually. I usually put a course sponge at the bottom of the first tray and at the top of the last tray to catch any junk in the water.
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anyone ever use api bio-chem zorb
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thanks for your patiences guys im new to all this
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Mostly Bio... sponges and ceramic noodles. I do use for chemical Seachem Purigen.
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The Carbon thing is a myth, I don't buy them and use the carbon pads all the time but when I get a new filter I use the carbon, it does a couple of things. You have a new filter with no nitrifying bacteria and the carbon can remove impurities and polish the water to make it look super clear and after it has passed it's effective period of 7 to 10 days you can just leave the carbon in there as another surface for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. It's also good to keep some carbon on hand because you never know when you might need it, like after using medications etc. and you need to remove them from the water column.


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I should add that there is currently a emperor 400 running in the tank im switching over to the pro 2
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I just started using Purigen and I would recommend it over carbon for polishing the water.

This kind of water....



...became this clear in just two days!



It's so clear that the light has become very bright. There's even a glare in the second photo.
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Purigen is good stuff. You can tell when its dirty due to color change and it can be cleaned and reused. Does great job of sucking wood tannins out.
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so maybe Purigen in one tray bio in the other
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Purigen is really tiny and doesn't work so great in a cannister filter. If you want to use it with a cannister filter, the best thing to do is probably build a reactor sort of like the one here:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ter-setup.html
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