Originally Posted by Dallascowboys16
I know it's not that bad as I have owned both but I'm one of those people who needs everything organized or else I get freaked out. I'm not that bad about it but the giant mishmash of media kind of gets to me.
If the filter has no compartments how can it work properly?
Mechanical filter, filter wool, bio balls, spare (carbon etc), that is how I order my filters.
The water must pass through the media in a specific order to be most effective, surely?
It's annoying the wool being at the bottom of the 205, that's where it needs to be, it's annoying undoing all of the screws on the lid of an FX5 then getting in to the bottom tray! The impeller on them is also a pain, complete drain of filter screwdrivers over a sink! It's only every 12 months but it's a pain.
I want fish, the pros of Fishkeeping far outweigh any issue I have with any of my filters, they all have quirks!
Foam only filters still have fine wool pads but no bio stage, I cut the sponge down and add a Rena star or similar. Not ideal but it works.
I strip the filters fortnightly to monthly except fx5 impeller assembly.
If looking at the tank doesn't dissolve all that filter hate, I'd say get another hobby! When I look at my tanks I'm not thinking about any of that stuff, I am content. Properly happy.
Please, no hate mail! That's just my opinion.