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Cheap fine mech media?

I have an Eheim 2215 canister filter and I would like to increase the amount of mechanical filtration media. I already have ceramic noodles, coarse pad and a fine pad. I would like the additional media to also be of a "fine" consistency. If anyone has a suggestion that would be great but I would ask that you provide a link to your suggested product. I've seen plenty of "just go buy pillow stuffing from Michael's" but I can think of at least 5 different things to stuff pillows with so that doesn't really help me.

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I like these although they fit directly in my Fluval fx4 not sure the size you would need but could always cut them. A good price and last a while. Generic Foam Filter Blocks and Polish Pads for Fluval FX4, Fluval FX5 and Fluval FX6 Filters (12-Pack Polishing Pads (Fine)) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MAZCOMX..._wjdCzb9AX9CGK


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I've found coconut fibers and pumice rock to be quite effective, and cheap.


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I've found coconut fibers and pumice rock to be quite effective, and cheap.
Really? I've got an entire bag of coconut coir just sitting around because I can't do any "indoor gardening" in my new place. That's worth looking into I'd just have to come up with some sort of bag. Nice.
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Coco coir might be a little too fine. I use longer strands of fiber which are commonly used in hanging garden pots.


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It's quilt batting so it comes in sheets you can cut into polishing pads that will fit your canister perfectly. At this price I change them out whenever I want to

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It's quilt batting so it comes in sheets you can cut into polishing pads that will fit your canister perfectly. At this price I change them out whenever i want

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It's quilt batting so it comes in sheets you can cut into polishing pads that will fit your canister perfectly. At this price I change them out whenever i want

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don't get the soft or regular loft. they collapse too easily and get matted. go with high or extra high loft. check walmart online.
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I buy bulk fiber floss by the 10lb box online. It's about $12, shipped. 10lbs is a *lot* of floss - lasts me about 9 months filling three mesh filter socks with it on a 125. I replace the floss a couple of times a week. Like I said, lots of floss.
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I buy bulk fiber floss by the 10lb box online. It's about $12, shipped. 10lbs is a *lot* of floss - lasts me about 9 months filling three mesh filter socks with it on a 125. I replace the floss a couple of times a week. Like I said, lots of floss.
You replace the floss a couple of times a week?? Man I'd even be surprised at a couple of times a month.
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I change it between water changes

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I must be missing something. This is my first tank, 30 gallon fully planted. I've got a sizable bio-load with 8 black ruby barbs, 5 julii corys and 2 honey gouramis. I recently took my Eheim 2215 apart to clean it as it had been 3 months since I started the tank. There wasn't much to clean at all. The ceramic noodles had some gunk on them that I rinsed off easily but my blue, white and carbon pad (removed) didn't have much on them at all.

Why would I need to change floss multiple times a week or even during a weekly(?) water change? I'm sure there is a reason I just don't know what it is. Thank you @splattered, @milesm and @Jaye for the additional information.
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I must be missing something. This is my first tank, 30 gallon fully planted. I've got a sizable bio-load with 8 black ruby barbs, 5 julii corys and 2 honey gouramis. I recently took my Eheim 2215 apart to clean it as it had been 3 months since I started the tank. There wasn't much to clean at all. The ceramic noodles had some gunk on them that I rinsed off easily but my blue, white and carbon pad (removed) didn't have much on them at all.



Why would I need to change floss multiple times a week or even during a weekly(?) water change? I'm sure there is a reason I just don't know what it is. Thank you @splattered, @milesm and @Jaye for the additional information.


It clogs very easily and fast. I normally do not have to clean my regular pads in my Fluval filter that often but regardless the fine filter pads catch a ton of stuff and clog very fast and easy.


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It clogs very easily and fast. I normally do not have to clean my regular pads in my Fluval filter that often but regardless the fine filter pads catch a ton of stuff and clog very fast and easy.
I understand. You are saying that the batting is finer than my white pad and will catch more debris thus need to be changed more often. Makes perfect sense. Thank you sir.
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You shouldn't ever really touch anything with bb on it unless it's totally clogged. Mech filtration should be rinsed in tank water as well and the "polishing pad" or in this case the floss fibre is the only thing I ever really "change". Most of the large debris can be dumped out of the bottom of the canister. Also depending on what you use to fertilize you may want to polish the water more often also. It's mostly aesthetic and certainly not necessary. I use an organic product and it can leave things murky for a day or so

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