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Old 11-05-2014, 05:29 PM   #11
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Ok so where do you guys get your materials for making your own media. I want to make some corse medium and fine pads ideally
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I usually buy bulk course, medium & fine pads online in 24"x36" or 36"x36" form. Most of the major online aquarium suppliers sell it this way. usually $10-15 per piece, once cut that's a fairly cheap filter!
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you can get filter media cheap enough
as in these 2 links
Aquarium Filter Media: Drs Foster and Smith Mechanical filter Media


I buy this one by the 12 pack
Aquarium Filter Media: Drs Foster and Smith Blue Bonded Filter Pad

I wouldn't risk using those colored pads the dyes would most likely leach out
another thing too think about some of those pads are dipped into a formaldehyde
to preserve them and make them stiff
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another thing too think about some of those pads are dipped into a formaldehyde
to preserve them and make them stiff
hmmm, good to know.
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I use JBL symec. It's cheap as chips and a big bag lasts me ages! Over a year.


1000g around a tenner, that's enough for several filters. It's safe and so cheap you may as well use it.
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hmm wonders if cheese cloth would work but not sure if its made from cotton or not ?
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