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Old 01-08-2013, 06:45 PM   #1
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Filter Floss: Before or After the Bio-Media??

well as the title suggests my question is:

if i wanted to add filter floss to my filter, do i add it before or after the bio-media section??
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:27 PM   #2
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I always put mechanical media before bio, it helps keep the bio media cleaner.
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Sounds good to me.. im just trying to figure out what to do cause I want to set it up like Coarse sponge> Filter floss> bio-media
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Sounds good to me.. im just trying to figure out what to do cause I want to set it up like Coarse sponge> Filter floss> bio-media
Makes sense. You don't want the bio media to become a detritus trap. I did the same for my Aqua Clear 50.
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Thank you lol
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A common/popular way to set up a canister is to do coarse mechanical (foam) then medium mechanical (floss) then chem & bio (or bio & chem) and then a fine filter pad (water polishing) at the very end.
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A common/popular way to set up a canister is to do coarse mechanical (foam) then medium mechanical (floss) then chem & bio (or bio & chem) and then a fine filter pad (water polishing) at the very end.
when you say chem are you talking about carbon? the rest of it makes sense lol
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Chemicals such as carbon or purgen.
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when you say chem are you talking about carbon? the rest of it makes sense lol
Yeah. Carbon, purigen, sea-gel, chemi-pure, ammonia absorbers, phosphate absorbers, ion exchangers, the list goes on. most chemical filtration you don't/or won't ever need. But if you have a problem, there's most likely a chemical filtration medium that will help you out.
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May I add a question to this? In a canister filter, does the water move from the bottom up or from the top down? If I want my bio-media last, does it go on the top tray or the bottom tray? I suddenly realized I'd always assumed it went on the bottom.
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Yeah I realized I was doing it backwards (sponge on bottom, then floss, then bio) so I will switch my sponge and floss in all 4 filters....thanks to the OP for starting this thread
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May I add a question to this? In a canister filter, does the water move from the bottom up or from the top down? If I want my bio-media last, does it go on the top tray or the bottom tray? I suddenly realized I'd always assumed it went on the bottom.

It depends on the type of canister filter. They all work on the same principle, but not the same way. There are even some that have chambers that you can add on. Look up the type you have online and you should find out the specifics for your filter.
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