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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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Question what media do you put in a canister filter for a planted tank

considering changing my wet/dry to my fluval but dont know what media to put in the filter for my 75 gallon planted tank
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From the bottom up, I have foam, biomax, and floss. All my tanks are planted but I'm don't think I would have different media if the tanks were non-planted.
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thats it thanks that makes things easier
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In my Ehiem, I have the standard media and it seems to work very well.



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Ceramic rings, Lava Rocks, Filter Floss and foam
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I have foam, matrix rock, purigen or activated carbon (unlike many), and then floss.
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I use 2-Foam20&30 in bottom basket, ceramic rings & BioChem Stars i middle basket & Micron Filter & BioChem Zorb on the top basket of my XP3.

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Whats the difference in media? Does it matter where it goes? (from bottom to top or top to bottom)



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yes, it matters.

you want the water to hit the mechanical first (foam), then biological (matrix rock), then floss for polishing. this is bottom-to-top with all canisters I own.
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Ok I taught that it was the same.



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why doesnt anyone use carbon?
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carbon removes a lot of minerals that plants need to grow.
so instead of carbon, most here use Seachem's Purigen,
which removes Ammonia and other toxins, but leaves most
the macro/micro/trace fertilizers plants use in the water.

it's still good to have carbon handy in case you dose your
tank with chemical treatments and medications that may
still linger even after a water change, that carbon removes.
I keep some dry carbon in a media bag for this purpose alone.


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Floss, Carbon floss, Purigen, Biowheels (Magnum 350 BioPro)

hehe, yeah, I'm a retard

Some people believe that carbon removes nutients. I believe that may be true, but I like the benefits of it. So, I compromise. Not only that, my carbon kept fouling causing the canister to stall.
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sorry, That was a definate n00b question! I'm suprised no one said "go search" haha. Thanks, thou!
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