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Old 03-19-2013, 01:47 AM   #1
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Good cheap filter

I have a 10 gallon tank that currently has a Tetra Whisper 10i filter. I've had it since November-ish. This filter is always clogged. More water goes over the sides than through the cartridge. I've swished the cartridge and scrubber thing a million times. I've resorted to scrubbing them in tap water to unclog them. I can't get it. I can't even scrape the gunk off with a paper towel. What is a good filter I can get that isn't real expensive? I would be an unemployed college student is the reason for price restriction.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:52 AM   #2
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Before you buy a new filter, take the cartridge completely out and stuff polyfill stuffing in there and try that. Works like a charm and is super cheap!
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:57 AM   #3
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Polyfill stuffing? I've never heard that one before. Will it still hold bb and all that filtery stuff?
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Yea, it is the stuff you buy to put in pillows. It is pretty much what filter cartridges are made of minus carbon. Just make sure it is 100% poly and no flame retardent. Super cheap!!!
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:03 AM   #5
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They'll usually have it at your LFS in a corner. Look for a plastic bag filled with white fluffy stuff.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:13 AM   #6
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I always use Fluval filters. Granted, I overkill it. My 6 gallon tanks all have Fluval 105 or 106 canister filters. Fluval makes a couple of small internal filters (U1, U2, U3 models) that are 20 or 30 dollars. I can't vouch for those particular models, but I have never had an issue with Fluval filters.
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Cheaper at walmart or a craft store. But it is awesome stuff! Water polishing pads cost a fortune and its the same stuff.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:51 PM   #8
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They'll usually have it at your LFS in a corner. Look for a plastic bag filled with white fluffy stuff.
Yes! I'm not the only one that calls it fluffy stuff! We probably have some at my house. My grandma and I crochet a lot, and we should have a bag or two lying around somewhere.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:32 PM   #9
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In mine I use polyfil stuffed in and on top a lava rock to house my BB.
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So it still holds the bb like the cartridge? And how often would I have to exchange it?
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