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Old 08-09-2014, 04:40 PM   #1
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Hi all, I currently have a 46 gallon freshwater tank with two Marineland Penguin 200 HOB filters. I plan on replacing the HOBs with an API filstar canister filter but I need advice on types of filter media. I was thinking: filter floss > precut foam pads > bio stars. I am also considering throwing some purigen in there but I'm not sure if that is necessary.

So to my final questions:
What media combinations do you recommend?
Do I even need the filter pads in addition to the filter floss?
Should I even use filter floss?
What about those polishing pads? Are those worth my time (and money)?

P.S. my tank is slightly overstocked according to http://aqadvisor.com/AqAdvisor.php


Sorry, these might be stupid questions as I have never owned a canister filter nor am I an "aquarium expert"
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Old 08-09-2014, 04:56 PM   #2
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I believe my uncle runs his like this: Filter Floss > Sponge (pre cut or the padded stuff that you can customize) > Bio Media > Polishing pad or Chemical Media (you really don't need either, but if you want to... xD).

You want the sponge and filter floss because the floss will strain out the larger parts while sponge collects the smaller stuff. Plus the sponge lasts a long time and provides good biological filtration. Also, your Bio Media will not need to be cleaned as much if you have the sponge in front to get the small stuff.
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You won't need the polishing pad if your water looks nice to you.

Also, run the canister filter with the penguins, then in a month phase out one of the penguins and cut that cartridge (I assume you use that because most people do) and just grab the blue sponges and put them in the canister.

You could always leave one of the penguins on, you are using two power slots anyways and it would help since your tank is a little overstocked.

Use purigen if your ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate is a little high. Other than that, it is optional. Nice to have to prevent spikes though.
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Thanks for your advice, do you know how long a single polishing pad will last without replacing? I think I've heard of people using felt instead of the pricey pre cut pads but is this true?
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A lot of people just use pillow padding or the like. I'm not sure how long polishing pads last, but I assume they work like filter padding in that as long as you wash it out, you can re use it.

People do use felt yes, just make sure you get non toxic stuff.
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I'd just stick with the Penguins 2x200's is enough, but buying new equipment if fun too lol. Purigen is pretty cool.
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I'd just stick with the Penguins 2x200's is enough, but buying new equipment if fun too lol. Purigen is pretty cool.
The two penguins are enough they are just super loud and ugly


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Which Filstar are you looking to get?
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Which Filstar are you looking to get?

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The two penguins are enough they are just super loud and ugly


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Oh yeah in that case yeah I would go with a Fluval C/Aquaclear and/or a canister
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