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Eheim 2262 media options?

Just bought an Eheim 2262 for a 240 freshwater planted tank. This will be my only filter on it and no sump.

I'm looking for cheap alternatives for media instead of spending a ton of money on Eheim media.

I'm thinking of either
Lava rock
Seachem matrix
Bunch of kitchen pot scrubbies

Any suggestions or experiences with any of these?

If I do pick one of these, should I also add foam and/or floss too?

Thanks in advance


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My best suggestions would be to look into General Pumice products. Did a test here last year titled Matrix without Seachem. Basically determined 3/8" General Pumice stone was the same as Matrix at a significantly reduced price.
As for the mechanical filtration, yes I would recommend having some. Especially if you have an overstocked tank like mine, lol.
Not big on the pot scrubbies only because they take up a lot of canister volume but don't supply the surface density of specific bio media like pumice/matrix/etc.
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Any of those will work, is the short version. If you go lava rock, rinse the heck out of it.

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Just bought an Eheim 2262 for a 240 freshwater planted tank. This will be my only filter on it and no sump.

I'm looking for cheap alternatives for media instead of spending a ton of money on Eheim media.

I'm thinking of either
Lava rock
Seachem matrix
Bunch of kitchen pot scrubbies

Any suggestions or experiences with any of these?

If I do pick one of these, should I also add foam and/or floss too?

Thanks in advance
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My best suggestions would be to look into General Pumice products. Did a test here last year titled Matrix without Seachem. Basically determined 3/8" General Pumice stone was the same as Matrix at a significantly reduced price.
As for the mechanical filtration, yes I would recommend having some. Especially if you have an overstocked tank like mine, lol.
Not big on the pot scrubbies only because they take up a lot of canister volume but don't supply the surface density of specific bio media like pumice/matrix/etc.
Thanks so much. I'll definitely try out the 3/8 pumice. What do you recommend for mechanical filtration and should it go under the pumice?


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If i was you i would go with lava rock or pumice. And for mechinical filteritions use polyester batting.

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Just bought an Eheim 2262 for a 240 freshwater planted tank. This will be my only filter on it and no sump.

I'm looking for cheap alternatives for media instead of spending a ton of money on Eheim media.

I'm thinking of either
Lava rock
Seachem matrix
Bunch of kitchen pot scrubbies

Any suggestions or experiences with any of these?

If I do pick one of these, should I also add foam and/or floss too?

Thanks in advance
Also, why arent you using the media that comes with it? Its very good.

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Just bought an Eheim 2262 for a 240 freshwater planted tank. This will be my only filter on it and no sump.

I'm looking for cheap alternatives for media instead of spending a ton of money on Eheim media.

I'm thinking of either
Lava rock
Seachem matrix
Bunch of kitchen pot scrubbies

Any suggestions or experiences with any of these?

If I do pick one of these, should I also add foam and/or floss too?

Thanks in advance
Also, why arent you using the media that comes with it? Its very good.

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Also, why arent you using the media that comes with it? Its very good.
The large Eheim 2262 does not come with media


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The large Eheim 2262 does not come with media
Oh sorry i didnt know that 2262 does not come with media ! I hava a 2211 and it came with media so i thought that the 2262 was suppose to come with media.

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Typically I put the course mechanical media at the bottom. Then maybe a medium mechanical media above that before you get to the biological media. Finish with the filter floss above the bio media. Part of the above reasoning is to help keep the fine pores of the biological media from filling up with debris (bio media lasts longer that way).
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Another option is to use 5L Eheim Ehfi Mech (barrel shaped) media for the bottom layer and then buy a couple pieces of 20PPI Poret filter foam to use as additional mechanical media. You will need to cut the foam to fit the round canister but it's easy with a sharp, straight blade kitchen knife.

Poly-fil Traditional Batting is a great option to catch finer particles and can usually be rinsed out and reused a few times.

I also use Pond Matrix in my big Eheim filters and put the media in a zippered lingerie bag meant to wash these items in a washing machine.

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Another option is to use 5L Eheim Ehfi Mech (barrel shaped) media for the bottom layer and then buy a couple pieces of 20PPI Poret filter foam to use as additional mechanical media. You will need to cut the foam to fit the round canister but it's easy with a sharp, straight blade kitchen knife.

Poly-fil Traditional Batting is a great option to catch finer particles and can usually be rinsed out and reused a few times.

I also use Pond Matrix in my big Eheim filters and put the media in a zippered lingerie bag meant to wash these items in a washing machine.
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Another option is to use 5L Eheim Ehfi Mech (barrel shaped) media for the bottom layer and then buy a couple pieces of 20PPI Poret filter foam to use as additional mechanical media. You will need to cut the foam to fit the round canister but it's easy with a sharp, straight blade kitchen knife.

Poly-fil Traditional Batting is a great option to catch finer particles and can usually be rinsed out and reused a few times.

I also use Pond Matrix in my big Eheim filters and put the media in a zippered lingerie bag meant to wash these items in a washing machine.
You can get the Poret filter foam here. I picked some up recently and I'm very happy with it.
Poret® Foam Shop - SWISSTROPICALS

I also use the poly-fil from Walmart that comes in a big roll. That stuff works great, I just replace it once a year after a number of cleanings.
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I ended up buying a 2" thick 10ppi poret foam for the bottom, some 3/8" pumice for the middle and a 2" thick 30ppi poret for the top layer. I'll see how well it works when it arrives and maybe add the poly bating at the very top if needed.
Thanks for all the suggestions


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