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Best filter media to grab fine particles?

I read somewhere that people are using stuffing or something from a craft store?

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Ya just pillow stuffing, I use it in my fluval G3. Its like four bucks for a good amount, I wash it well, the only down side is if you don't have any chemical filtration you can start to get that fish tank smell
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I use only pillow batting from Walmart and the bio balls or ceramic tube thingys that came with the filters in all my tanks. I use it in all my canisters and if I for some reason break out one of my old penguins I use it in them too. Make sure you get the synthetic kind and not cotton.

I stopped using any type of chemical media years ago. Others on this, or maybe it was another forum, convinced me carbon in filters was not needed and I've never had any smells.

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purigen, nothing really comes close to that....well, maybe DE
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I use purigen also, but that's more for removing tannins and micro water polishing.

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also are you guys putting the cotton in some sort of bag before putting it into your filter? A stocking maybe?

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Nope, just filing the trays in the canister. For HOB filters that won't work. What type of filter are you using?

And don't get actual cotton

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Not sure what you folks are talking about.
Do you mean filter floss - which is called polyester quilt batting at a fabric, or crafts, store?
If so, it's definitely one the best water polishers/clarifiers you can use, combined with using Purigen, and fine mesh pre-filters on the filter intake tubes.
Just make sure you get floss without any additives, or fire retardents, and replace them with new floss about every 2 weeks. Very inexpensive - you can't beat it.
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The quilt batting that comes in flat sheets is much better than the loose stuff
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I have a HOB

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No Problem - double-layer it & cut it to fit into your HOB compartment.
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I put mine in a piece of panty hose before stuffing it into my HOB. Works great! I'm also using it stuffed in panty hose and wrapped around a powerhead as a filter in my 25 gallon tank. Water is sparkling clear, and has really slowed down the flow to the pace I'm looking for.


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To polish tank water, I attach an AquaClear Quick Filter to a powerhead.
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Not sure what brand your filter is but on my penguin filters I pulled all the blue filter pad off the cartridge leaving just the plastic grid. I put the grid in the normal way and then stuff the pillow stuffing behind it. The quilt batting sheets would be better for the penguins. I use the loose kind. The bag was $5.99 and huge.

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