Originally Posted by anibis
I'm interested in what you find out as well.
I already have the Acurel pad+AquaticLife polishing pad in my cart at Amazon, I have yet to purchase though.
I've had my C3 for 3 weeks now, and the maintenance tab has been up for a week. I've cleaned the pad twice, but it didn't make much of a difference. The waste pad seems to come clean. The polishing pad is a different story, that's kind of expected really. I don't think they can really make a good polishing pad that will rinse clean.
Also, what do you guys run in the mechanical filtration box? I currently have the carbon that it came with, but I don't really need it as my other filter has carbon as well. I was thinking about putting some Purigen in there.
Mine is still making a quite a bit of noise. I only had 2 fish in my 29g because it was cycling, so I'm thinking maybe there wasn't enough fish slime floating around to lube it up. My cycle is done, so I've added a couple more fish. We'll see if it quiets down once I get a decent stock in.
You are correct .. the polishing pad cannot be rinsed clean because the micron particles are embedded in the media. Here is a picture of my first "maintenance" when the pad was rinsed in distilled water ..... Note the caption:
Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community - Paul1792's Album: Paul1792's 29 gallon - Picture
The same applies when you use the aquaticlife 100 micron pads. When you use them the first time, they clog in a few days because they are trapping a build up of particles. When I was running the C3 on my fully stocked 29 gallon tank, I had to switch out the pad about every three weeks. With the C4, I switched it out after five weeks .... but it was not yet clogged.
You may find some of the following pictures useful that I posted under the title "HOB
Filtration" in my photobucket account:
HOB Filtration Photos by Paul1792 | Photobucket
Click on the picture you want to see and note they are captioned to explain what's going on in each picture.
As for the chemical basket .... it's Purigen + Floss. Optional if it will fit is Seachem Matrix in a Biobag (in my case small biobags from Drs Foster & Smith).
As for the noise, I that exact problem on my first C3. So bad, I posted this:
Two days of FluvalC3 are enough .. Best quiet filter?
But in the end it is totally silent. Amazing, my second came out of the box quiet and was silent in a week. The C4 came out of the box quiet on 1-6-14
and is now "very quiet" but not silent.
I am doing all kinds of C series experimentation right now (what the heck .... I have three of them right now) including the use of aquatic life 50 micron polishing pads and the supposedly miracle working Poly-Filter by Poly-Bio-Marine, Inc.
Pond Water Quality: Poly Filters Pond Filter Media
and I will be posting back on the results.
If you want your water to looks like this:
How to get crystal clear aquarium water - YouTube
but with out the unsightly mess, canister filter, & uv
sterilizer, the C series lets you do it but the only way I have found to get it done is with micron polishing pads + Purigen.
As an aside, I even got crystal clear polsihed water with my Walmart Aqua-Tech 30-60 .... but the time, effort, and mess doing all the DIY odd shaped stuff and pre-filters just got to be too much so I gave myself 2 new C's last Christmas.
Good luck to you.
and oops ..... one more thing:
when using the 100 polishing pads, there are no instructions but be careful. The pad is "graduated" and feels like felt on one side and almost like plastic coated on the other side. Water should flow from the coarser felt like side to the finer "plastic-like-film" side.