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Old 03-12-2014, 11:59 PM   #11
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Also I bought these filters during black friday they were half off. I only paid $16 bucks for each one. That was a no brainer for me because all I need is mechanical filtration and biological. I rubber banded super fine filter floss to the back of the filter cartridge for a polisher. And it does a great job. If these ever go on me. I'm gonna buy a sunsun canister filter. Name brand I've don't care about.

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Old 03-13-2014, 12:00 AM   #12
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Also I bought these filters during black friday they were half off. I only paid $16 bucks for each one. That was a no brainer for me because all I need is mechanical filtration and biological. I rubber banded super fine filter floss to the back of the filter cartridge for a polisher. And it does a great job. If these ever go on me. I'm gonna buy a sunsun canister filter.

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Old 03-13-2014, 12:11 AM   #13
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Do you think it matters what type of plant?
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:15 AM   #14
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Yeah I heard only a few can have submerged roots. The two I know of was pothos plants and wondering Jews, and lucky bamboos. I did a Google search and home depot had these so i went with them

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Old 03-13-2014, 12:16 AM   #15
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There is a lot of opinions on this site about hob's. It's worth doing a search and reading up. I think you will find the majority are Fluval fans. They convinced me to get the Fluval AC30. With some slight adjustments it is a great filter. I don't have experience with the c series, but heard great things about it.

I made a few alterations with filter media and my water is crystal clear. So +1 for Fluval.
Actually, the majority are aquaclear fans, as aquaclear has only recently re-branded as Fluval (same parent company, Hagen). I have some aquaclear filters that are over 10 years old.

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Here is an older picture of the filter from the top. The big change is I added the filter floss media to the exposed side of the basket to make sure all the water at least gets particle filtered. if you look at the intake chamber there is a small hole at the bottom that will allow water to come up and by pas the filter. This has a few necessary purposes to help maintain the pump but unfilterd it will dump particles back into the tank. I now push a little more filter material down in that cavity to add a little resistance so more water is pushed through the filter media.
some people plug that hole, but it is there for a purpose so just add a little filter media in there.

This is how I stack my basket, bottom to top:
1) Fluval Sponge
2) Tetra Whisper Bio-Bag (empty) I buy the 12 pack Medium Unassemled
this fits a little big in the basket, I fold the ends over the side of the sponge
it makes a nice seal in the housing
3) Tetra Bio-Bag filled with charcoal and/or Marineland Diamond Blend
filled about 2/3 full bulging - enough to shape the filter to fit the basket,
fold the end over to close the filter
4) 2 bags of biomax insert - this gives me enough bio mass to control the ammonia.

Some will argue about the necessity of charcoal and ammo chips. This is a personal choice for me I feel it helps keep the water clean and fresh smelling.

The big difference is the Bio-Bag (floss material) this helps filter out the fine particles. I tried some thicker "polishing material" but it cut the flow down too much for my taste. The bio-bags seem to do a great job. I use a cut piece of bio bag for the side of the basket.
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I'm quite new to the hobby, can u explain what an aqua clear fan is? And only plants with submerged root, got it
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In a cycled tank, ammonia neutralizing media is totally unnecessary. In a cycling tank where you do enough water changes, it's also unnecessary.

Basically, proper husbandry renders this product useless.

Aquaclear fan= a person who uses and likes Aquaclear brand filters. They have apparently been re-branded now.

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Here it is. Just did it last week. I wanna get these trained so they will fill this corner wall up with plants. And this will help keep my nitrates down as well when they really start to take off

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wow cool Idea!
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Actually, the majority are aquaclear fans, as aquaclear has only recently re-branded as Fluval (same parent company, Hagen). I have some aquaclear filters that are over 10 years old.

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I agree, and stand corrected. most here are AquaClear fans, that I associated with the new brand name. mine does a great job.
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