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What's your media arrangement in your eheim canister?

I recently bought an eheim 2215. The directions suggest putting the eheim mech in first followed by the blue pad then the substrat pro, then white pad then carbon pad. Is this the way you guys do it? If not, how do you fill your canister? I was planning on doing it this way but ditch the carbon pad for some purigen.
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I tried their media and while it works well I'm sure, it was a pain to rinse and clean since it all gets mixed up, the white pad will completely loss its shape if handled wet, and the carbon pad is next to useless. I went onto ebay and found cheap sponges cut to the right size and now run with sponges only, 4 coarse and 3 fine and that fills the basket on my 2213's. Sponges are easy to rinse, last forever, never loose their shape, and are a whole lot lighter.
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I find the stock media as they place it works well for me. To make it easy to handle the loose media, I use a DIY mesh screen that fits my bucket. I dump the water and media of each type in, slosh it to clean and then pour it back. No need to handle loose media one item at a time! Got an old veggie drainer handy? I lay the carbon pad back for some odd time when I might need it to remove color or meds.
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I do like Rich does but found some small size zippered lingerie bags just for the substrat pro or bio-media. It make it so much easier.

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When deciding what order to use the provided media, it may help to look at what the different types do. That can give you good info on what order works best. It can all be changed but I find it works as designed and have never found need to change in most cases.
At the bottom they recommend the barrel shaped stuff. It does do some of the really course filtering like leaves but it has a second duty. When the water enters at the canister bottom it will tend to go straight up but the barrels act as a "spreader" as part of the water enters each barrel. That gets the water spread out over the full bottom layer where it can then go through all the next layer rather than just a patch of the media. Having a course sponge as the next layer removes smaller bits of debris. This works to keep the next layer up cleaner for a longer time. It removes stuff which might clog the tiny pores on the bio media above. Then the bio media can do it's full job without clogging. As a final layer the carbon pad or other media can be used as a final filter to get the water looking good.
We can swap it, change it or do all kinds of things different but the way they recommend really has a lot of good ideas when I look at it.
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