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Old 01-19-2009, 02:44 PM   #11
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Toss the media, buy new. Clean it really really well (the entire canister and tubes) and cycle your tank.
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Old 01-19-2009, 02:45 PM   #12
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i am starting a new tank, my first one actually, i don't have any other filters or any other tanks

thanks for the help guys, still looking for more ideas for cheap media to use
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Take the time to read up on how to cycle a tank too
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Old 01-20-2009, 03:29 AM   #14
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thank,

any more ideas on how to get a cheap media setup?
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:55 AM   #15
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its an eheim 2213

so i can get some generic filter pads at big als, how about the carbon, where can i get that
Any lfs will have activated carbon ...

If you are using a used filter & you are starting a tank from scratch, then I would suggest throwing out all the old media.

An exception might be the ceramic rings (the Substath or whatever they call it) ... If you can autoclave it (pressure cooker) you can prob get rid of all the bugs .... but NOT if there had been chemical contamination. It is up to you if you want to save $30 & take the risk .... <or go cheap & substitute $5's worth of carbon for the rings.>
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The problem with carbon, from what I understand, is the pores are too small and it gets clogged and dirty really fast. "Real" filter media has much larger pores and larger media chunks in order to avoid just that. Try taking a bag of carbon out that has been in a filter for a month and rinse it - look at how disgusting and solid green/brown the water is and how long it takes to get it rinsed out. All that is blocking the media. Now do the same with "real" filter media: there is not nearly as much.
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