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Old 09-04-2015, 10:12 PM   #1
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Canister filter media question

I just upgraded to a Sunsun 302 cannister and I'm wondering if I needed to keep the 2 fine pads in the top 2 trays with the ceramic media and bio balls?

From top to bottom I have:

Blue coarse pad
White fine pad
Bag of carbon

Bag o' rings

Bio balls not in a bag

I took the fine pads out then rethought maybe I should have left them in for additional filtration. I'm running this on a 20g planted.

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I only have aqua-one canister filters so hopefully someone else can help. On mine I have doubled or trippled the fine wool filter pads (depending on flow) for better filtration.

I use carbon every so often in an internal filter. Purigen could be another option for yourself.

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I only have aqua-one canister filters so hopefully someone else can help. On mine I have doubled or trippled the fine wool filter pads (depending on flow) for better filtration.

I use carbon every so often in an internal filter. Purigen could be another option for yourself.

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Thank you. I looked into Purigen. Seems promising. I am just using the carbon to get rid of some of the tannins from my new dw but might switch it out.

I guess more pads are better than less. Putting them back in.

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I use purigen over carbon every time. I can tell you that it doesn't seem promising, but IT IS PROMISINGLY!!!
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The fine filter pads should be the last step before the water exits to the tank. Honestly is an optional step.

I have it in both my planted tanks, but not the bare bottom gold fish.

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The fine filter pads should be the last step before the water exits to the tank. Honestly is an optional step.

I have it in both my planted tanks, but not the bare bottom gold fish.

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Thanks. I've heard the opposite so I put the coarse pad and fine first in line. But I put the other fine at the top of each basket. What's the preferred order of media for planted? This is my first cannister.

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Thanks. I've heard the opposite so I put the coarse pad and fine first in line. But I put the other fine at the top of each basket. What's the preferred order of media for planted? This is my first cannister.

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Mines are always setup like this.

Water in... Coarse, fine, carbon/purigen/peat moss, bio balls/biomax, polishing pad.. Water out.



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Thanks. I've heard the opposite so I put the coarse pad and fine first in line. But I put the other fine at the top of each basket. What's the preferred order of media for planted? This is my first cannister.

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My canister is water in, coarse sponges, medium sponge, biomax, lots of filter floss polisher, and water out

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I fill mine like this, water in, sponges, wool, bio media, chemical (if used), water out.

You want the wool to prevent premature clogging of everything that follows.
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Thanks for all the advice. I see there is no right or wrong way so I will find what works best using all the suggestions.

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