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Old 06-10-2010, 06:51 AM   #1
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cut your own filter material, blue and white, question...

This is embarrassing, and I bet there will be some eye rolls out there, but I give up. I frequently see "cut your own" filter material at fish stores with one blue side and one white side. Sometimes it comes in prepackaged lengths, and I have also seen it on a large roll...sold by the foot.

Which side is the finer side, the white or the blue? I want to put it in a filter with the coarser side getting the water flow first, but which color is that? I have examined it closely, and shown it to others. Guesses go both ways!

Let the laughing commence...
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I think the blue is...but not sure. Should be labeled.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:19 AM   #3
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no labels...a diagram on some packages but it does not indicate which color is which. I just realized that I wrote the question badly...I asked which side is finer and then asked which side is coarser....

When you say "blue is" do you mean blue is finer, or blue is coarser?
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Blue is coarser than the white.
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:47 PM   #5
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Honestly I don't think it matters all that much. Id just put whatever side YOU think is the side YOU want towards the water. Haha
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Honestly I don't think it matters all that much. Id just put whatever side YOU think is the side YOU want towards the water. Haha
Well if the water from the intake hits the white side first it may clog faster (because it has smaller holes). I'm pretty sure the blue side should be the side the water from the intake hits first, then the white (smaller).
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Meegosh, that's exactly what I was thinking. The visual differences between the two sides seems minor, but there might be other differences that are not apparent to the eye. And then again, they might actually be the same, and the two-color thing is just a marketing trick....makes the purchaser feel like they are getting something more than just an inch-thick piece of filter material...

Sounds like the general opinion so far is that the blue is the coarser stuff.
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I always put white first. It's definitely the coarser material when it comes to my filter pads.
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Old 06-11-2010, 03:52 AM   #9
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Aauugggh!

Crepe, what kind of filter "pads" are you using? Is it the "cut your own" stuff, or something else?

Maybe I should post a picture of the stuff...
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Yeah I think a picture would help. A good macro shot of each side would probably be the best. Whatever side is the most porous should hit the water first.
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