Originally Posted by molliwopp
If its new it should come with sponges (however many) carbon and some floss.
Fleabay has bulk bio rings cheap. Depending on how long you're willing to wait you can buy a kilo from china for cheap as heck or pay alittle more for a seller in the uk.
I layer mine with two pockets of bio rings for 2213 or 3 for the 2217 split up by coarse blue sponges.
Are you talking about the 2217? The 2213/15/17 in North America have been sold for years and years now complete with:
EHFIMECH Mechanical substrate
2 blue foam mechanical filter pads
EHFISUBSTRAT PRO Biological substrate
1 White water polishing pad
2x quick disconnect valves
^ See package here.
The filter media it comes with looks like this
Except that the filter pads are blue.
The only media you ever have to replace are the blue pads and they last like 5-10 years before they start to fall apart.
You've made the right choice, Caliban07. You will enjoy your 2217 filter.