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Old 10-18-2005, 04:14 PM   #11
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What is the best type of biological media for me to put in the filter? I am looking at these:

http://www.mops.ca/cgi-bin/SoftCart....ffe+1129665327

They seem to have the most usable surface area.....

Also, when I get this unit, does the biological media go in a media bag and just hang in the filter?

I want to order everything from one website, a Canadian one at that (to avoid customs charges). This website has everything I need, so far as I can tell.

So far my shopping cart consists of:
-Aquaclear 70
-2x Aquaclear 70 media bags
-3x foam inserts (not including the one that comes with the filter)


The last thing I need is the biological filter stuff.... Bioballs or whatever.
I really can not afford to buy this but oh well, you have to pay to play rite?

Thanks in advance. As soon as I find out if these "Lee's-Aquarium Bio-Pin Balls" are any good I will be placing the order. I also intend on buying another aquarium in the near future for quarantine purposes.

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Old 10-18-2005, 08:54 PM   #12
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I have a couple of AC 300s that are still using the original foam inserts, and they are over 10 years old. They have to be the cheapest HOB to operate. I run 2 sponges. Contrary to publice opinion, they can take a fairly thorough cleaning in tank water with out destroying the bacteria on them. Considere this; if squeezing them to remove solids washes off the bacteria, what chance would they have of staying attached with the rate of flow through the sponges? Leaving a lot of solids in the sponge after cleaning, reduces their efficiency. It reduces the water flow and reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the bacteria that has colonized the sponge.
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Old 10-18-2005, 08:55 PM   #13
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Too late. I ordered it. I can't stand the thought of my fish being in an unsuitable enviroment.... I have to correct this situation as quickly as I possibly can....

Here is what I ordered:

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You ordered the following items:
CPHA-A615 AquaClear 300 Power Filter 1 CAD-$ 46.99 USD-$ 39.16
FMHA-A1366 AquaClear 300 Filter Bags [2 pk] 1 CAD-$ 3.99 USD-$ 3.33
FMLE-17031-1 Bio-Pin Balls [1 gallon] 1 CAD-$ 11.99 USD-$ 9.99
FCHA-A1396 -3PK- AquaClear 300 Foam Inserts 1 CAD-$ 5.99 USD-$ 4.99
FOWA-0094 Shrimp Pellets [128g] 1 CAD-$ 4.49 USD-$ 3.74
I hope my cats dig the shrimp pellets. Apparently they are great for cats and plecos. We'll see how it goes.

Toirtis, I sure hope you are rite about what you said....

Thanks again.

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Old 10-19-2005, 04:33 AM   #14
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AquaJoe.. Toirtis was right.. the AquaClear is the HOB filter to own.. Ive owned 5 diffent brands since starting in this hobby and the AquaClear is by far the best IMO. I have one now that's 14 years old and still works like I just bought it. Ive had to do some kind of major repair to all of my HOB filters at one time or another, ones that most hobbiest would have tossed there filter in the trash sometimes, Ive never had to do any major repair to my AquaClear. That to me is the sign of a much better engineered product. The things are built like tanks. :P
I thought I would give you some ideas on some of the modifications that can be done with the filter..
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...tricks_iii.php
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Old 10-19-2005, 05:00 AM   #15
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Like greenmaji suggested, you will not be disappointed
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Old 10-19-2005, 06:59 AM   #16
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I am very excited to get the new filter.

Untill I do, I will be doing 30% PWC every other day.

Thanks again Toirtis, I think you saved Elivira's life (my female betta).

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Old 10-19-2005, 06:59 AM   #17
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By the way, do I put the bio balls in a media bag or do I simply place them in the filter?

Thanks again.

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Old 10-19-2005, 12:23 PM   #18
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No need to put the bioballs in a bag...in fact, they are more efficacious without one.
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So I just put the balls in and let them float around? Or should I connect them together? Aparently they are connectable, what purpose this serves is beyond me.

Are they boyant? Sorry for being such a pest.

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Old 10-19-2005, 05:02 PM   #20
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Most are bouyant....no need to float them prior to putting them in the filter, though. I cannot imagine why anyone would want to connect them, though.
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