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Changing Filter Floss?

I have a BioCube 29 HQI and instead of using a filter pad, I put filter floss in that area. The filter floss is dense and it gets clogged with debris easily (like detritus and stuff, not large debris) which causes the chamber with the filter and heater to have a lower water level than it should.

Would it disrupt the balance of the universe if I changed this filter floss out for a fluffier/lighter kind that won't clog as much? I'm worried about a bacterial imbalance or something.

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If you have other media in there that is holding bacteria, then it shouldn't be a problem. I use my filter floss for debris catching, and remove/replace monthly.
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I use floss as the sole media in all my HOB filters, but I cut it into two squares - I replace them one at a time, so that there's never a point where a majority of the bacteria are removed.

If you have other media in your filters, it should be fine to swap the floss.

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Yep, I sandwich a layer of loose floss inbetween sponge pads in my HOB and intank filters and change out the floss roughly every other water change. No doubt there's a reduction in bacteria levels, but I suspect it's offset by the substrate vac and water change.
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I have a sand bed, driftwood and plants. I also have bio balls in the filtration compartments... Is that sufficient?
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Is that sufficient?
As long as you dont have ammonia/nitrite spikes and can do maintenance (ie, replacing floss) without having a mini-cycle its adequate, otherwise you should increase your filtration abilities...

the only way to know is test your water parameters regularly until the tank is fully established and stable. Its very subjective; but everyone agrees too much filtration is never a bad thing.


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Can you put a Hagen Fluval Edge Pre-Filter Sponge over the intake? I always use those or even larger sponges which adds another later of filtration, easy to wring out to clean, and greatly reduces the frequency of filter cleanings/floss replacement.
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Can you put a Hagen Fluval Edge Pre-Filter Sponge over the intake? I always use those or even larger sponges which adds another later of filtration, easy to wring out to clean, and greatly reduces the frequency of filter cleanings/floss replacement.
There's actually a place for a sponge filter in the third filtration chamber... And I have a sponge filter.
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I use poly-fil from the craft department at walmart. I like to buy the 5 pound box for around $13 since I change it pretty often and I use a lot of it with 4 canister filters.
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