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Better than pillow filler is the quilt batting right next to it. It comes on long rolls.

Don't waste your money on the ammonia and phosphate removers. Carbon really isn't necessary either.

Plants eat up all the ammonia and phosphate you can throw at them.
 

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yeah, filtration is seriously overcomplicated these days.

you dont need ammonia media because dealing with this is the whole point of biofiltration. i havent used carbon in 15 years. i dont think phosphate removal makes sense in a planted tank.

to b honest i have seen no difference in filtration between using all these fancy medias that come with new filters and when i use nothing but foam and sponge - all that matters is that the filter is filled with porous media.
 
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