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Old 07-03-2011, 12:36 PM   #31
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They are asking how much I need? 1, 2 or 4 L? Maybe 1 or 2? 1?
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:40 PM   #32
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Get $10 worth. It should be enough.
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Old 07-03-2011, 01:05 PM   #33
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This stuff is impossible to find locally... what did we ever do before the internet?!
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:48 PM   #34
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Okay! My Matrix arrived this morning!

I am doing a fishless tank cycle and I am on day 6.

Should I wait until the tank is cycled before I screw with anything or change out the media now? I can always place the BioMax in the tank in case it was growing bacteria already.
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:53 PM   #35
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Yep, they got it right. Poly-fill in the bottom tray is the main point so it catches gunk the sponges can't and keep it from clogging the biomedia. Best part is you can toss/replace poly-fil each time you service the filter and not watch $10 go in the trash can.
I've been reading elsewhere to put floss in the top tray not the bottom tray (it doesn't make any sense to me either).

How often do you change the poly-fill? Weekly? Monthly?
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I just changed mine after 2 weeks and believe me ... it was dirty enough! LOL
One thing to consider is that BB will start to grow on the poly-fill as well so by changing them every two weeks, you avoid having too much BB grow on them and lessen the chances of a mini-cycle .. as remote as those chances are anyway.

I have it on the bottom tray so it captures the microstuff that gets by the filter pads which would gunk up my biomax rings. Leave the upper trays for biological media.
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Old 07-06-2011, 02:05 PM   #37
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I've been reading elsewhere to put floss in the top tray not the bottom tray (it doesn't make any sense to me either).

How often do you change the poly-fill? Weekly? Monthly?
I put it in the bottom, so it catches junk before it can get to the biomedia. That makes more sense to me, but I do have poly-fil in the last tray section nearest the output to get the last little bit of detritus and it's generally 50-75% cleaner that the bottom tray of poly-fil.

The nice thing about the fluval design is you can swap trays at will to test different options in the flow pattern. I clean my 305 once every 2 weeks and change the poly-fil then, even if it isn't completely covered in gunk.
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Agreed for floss to go in bottom tray to prevent debris from clogging the biomedia.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:07 PM   #39
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I don't want to hijack this thread any more than I have already.

New thread: Is it possible to overpack a Fluval 405?
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