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Old 10-31-2011, 12:19 PM   #11
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You dont even use carbon? Just stick the sheet in the slot?
A lot of people with live plants don't like to use carbon (me included :P ) because it sucks out all the ferts and stuff they add.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:50 PM   #12
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Oh darnnit i use ferts!! So just take the stuff and double it up and stick it in?
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:55 PM   #13
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Petsmart has a sheet of blue filter media for around $6, its what I use
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Doesnt carbon help purify the water though??
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:27 PM   #15
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what kind of stuff should i buy for a filter? Like what kind of filter pad? Quilt padding with no carbon?
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Doesnt carbon help purify the water though??
Carbon does help clean up the water a little, but its affects are really only seen for a couple weeks(depending on the water volume and amount of carbon). In my opinion, carbon's best use is removing medications from the water column, or used after the water column has been contaminated by a foreign substance.

Sponges, foam, and filter floss(aka...craft polyfil) are what I use in my filters.
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Carbon does help clean up the water a little, but its affects are really only seen for a couple weeks(depending on the water volume and amount of carbon). In my opinion, carbon's best use is removing medications from the water column, or used after the water column has been contaminated by a foreign substance.

Sponges, foam, and filter floss(aka...craft polyfil) are what I use in my filters.
So its not nrcessary at all? Do i have to glue the quilt bedding to where it would be on the cartridge, or can i just double it up and put that in
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So its not nrcessary at all? Do i have to glue the quilt bedding to where it would be on the cartridge, or can i just double it up and put that in
Its not going to hurt anything, but if you ask me its not worth the extra cash to continuously replace it.

I use filter media bags when I throw polyfil in my filters. They are like a buck for a few at PetSmart
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Its not going to hurt anything, but if you ask me its not worth the extra cash to continuously replace it.

I use filter media bags when I throw polyfil in my filters. They are like a buck for a few at PetSmart
So i can just double up the poly and put it in?
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So you really don't need those expensive marineland carbon filled filter replacements then? Would save a ton of money! My filter has slots for 4 filters. Guess they just want you to keep buying.

Love how it says "make sure to replace every 2 weeks" seems crazy.
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