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Old 01-01-2007, 12:36 PM   #11
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The water is pumped from the bottom of the canister, it filters down there from the top.

But what purpose do bio noodles serve?

The salesman told me that with my 90 gallon tank, with a few ciclids and may a bottom sucker, with this filter rated for as much as a 250 gallon tank. All I would need are the 4 foam filters and a bag of activated carbon at the top. Does this sound reasonable? As somebody with zero experience I have no idea.

I've started reading on the topic but find that most of the text I've found is way more technical than I care to learn. I want to do it properly of course, but I don't believe studying volumns of books on the topic is necessary. Especially with a site like this one being available. I stumbled across this site by way of a Yahoo serch, GREAT site. cls

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Old 01-01-2007, 12:43 PM   #12
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the bio noodles are for bacteria to grow on.I would put the bottom two as foam, and the top two as carbon and bio noodles

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I would eliminate the carbon and use the bio noodles. Generally, a cannister filter does not need the cleaning that an HOB filter requires. Carbon lasts a short period of time, shorter than the cannister filter cleaning requirement. Therefore the carbon will have no use for a length of time until the next cleaning. Secondly, carbon is not good to use if you maintain live plants. The foam beneath the bio noodles promotes the growth of good bacteria to grow on the noodles. As I stated earlier, that was the manufacturers order of the media placement in the cannister.
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A little late here, but shouldn't the first thing the water hits be a filter pad, not carbon directly? I mean, I would imagine you want to strain out as many big particles as you can or your carbon will get plugged up fast.
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In my fluvial, the carbon is the last thing the water hits. I believe the sponges (assuming they are in that particular filter) would filter out the big stuff. I have, since, removed both the sponges and carbon.

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