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Old 02-06-2009, 06:00 PM   #1
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filter media question

I have 2 Emporer 400's going into my 80G bowfront and I was curious on what I should use for filters. Obviously the bio-wheels will stay, but after too much reading I'm getting the impression that the blue carbon filters are pretty much useless. I've been told I should replace those with a sponge filters and if I see the need for carbon I should just use one of the refillable cartridges.

So I guess my questions are any of this accurate? how do you guys set up your filters? What do you use in the refillable cartridges?

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Old 02-06-2009, 06:22 PM   #2
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Do some reading on Purigen. It's a better option than carbon, it's rechargeable. You can get 250ml (enough for 250 gallons/6months avg) on ebay for around $15 delivered. Split that in half, recharge each half and it should last you years.

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Old 02-06-2009, 10:14 PM   #3
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First off, I dont think you need both filters on your tank. Second, Purigen is a good idea and make sure you get a good sponge filter for some mechanical and biological filtration. With the price you probably paid for the two Emporers you probably couldve spent a little more and gotten a canister filter...
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:03 PM   #4
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Ya I know both are a bit over kill but I got both of the filters for $50 brand new in the box. Gotta love yard sales ;o) So I might as well use them.
Thanks for the advise on the Purigen. I look into that.
Any advise on a good sponge/foam to use? I'll have all 4 bio-wheels going so I'm not too concerned about bio-filters (is more better?)

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I really dont think you can have too much bio filtration. But as far as mechanical goes look on drsfosterandsmith.com or Big Al's, you should get a good idea of what you need and go out and find it at a local LFS to save on shipping...
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