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Old 02-27-2012, 12:05 PM   #1
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Got a new canister filter 3 stage was wondering

What would be a good setup for this filter with 3 compartments.


Carbon, Ceramic Rings, and sponge?

Any ideas or people that have a 3 stage please give me your input.


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Don't bother with carbon. You only need it if you are treating your tank and need to remove meds. Just throw in some floss or more sponge imo.
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Don't bother with carbon. You only need it if you are treating your tank and need to remove meds. Just throw in some floss or more sponge imo.
So you really dont need carbon in my DT? Thats pretty cool never knew that...whats the other stuff you speak of? like what would remove the partilces that carbon does?
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I was just going to start a thread about this, but I think I might just lurk here!

I had planned on putting Bio-Max rings in my bottom basket, but for the others im not so sure. What filter did you end up getting?
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So you really dont need carbon in my DT? Thats pretty cool never knew that...whats the other stuff you speak of? like what would remove the partilces that carbon does?
Nope you are just wasting the carbon for normal usage. here's a couple of examples of what you can use:

Filter floss: Amazon.com: Big Al's Filter Floss-20 Sq.Ft: Home & Kitchen

or Pond Filter Media: Pond Filter Media 12" Wide x 10 Feet Long x 1.5" Thick (Blue/White): Amazon.com: Patio, Lawn & Garden
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So you really dont need carbon in my DT? Thats pretty cool never knew that...whats the other stuff you speak of? like what would remove the partilces that carbon does?
The inert ceramic rings help remove the particles; that and the sponges. The Bio-Max rings is where the beneficial bacteria (BB) grows.
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Carbon is used to remove ammonia mainly, and ammonia is what your beneficial bacteria feed off of, so a bit counter productive. You really only want it to remove the meds while treating a sick tank.
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What Canister did you get, and what size tank?
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What Canister did you get, and what size tank?

Thanks guys for all the info now i have a better understanding as i never had a canister filter....


I got a cf300 from truaqua.com which is rated for 264gph and its going on my 20 gal long nano
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now on the stages which would go where...im sure my fitler is water goes down first and then in filtered up...so what stage would be what?
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