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Old 01-18-2006, 11:36 AM   #11
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You shouldn't have a mess. It should go pretty easily...
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Another cheap alternative to bio balls or ceramic rings are pot scrubbers,the plastic ones work great! Filter floss can be purchased at places like Walmart as 100% polyester pillow stuffing. Same stuff but far cheaper!
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Old 01-19-2006, 05:25 PM   #13
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wow that was effortless lonewolf, fluval has a good design there. I took out the charcoal packs from the bottom, put prefilter ceramic things in the bottom basket, left the bio media in the second tray, and a few more bio rings that I had leftover plus some extra prefilters in the top tray. I figure the more surface area for bactera the better.
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Sounds great. Good job....
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That's how my XP3 was when I did a practice maintenance, but to see how it would go. Was effortless. Took under 5 minutes for a full maintenance.
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Actually the Fluval 204 has water INTO the large filter sponge section (4 pads) that take up 1/2 the canister. Then I've got Characoal in the bottom, followed by BIO's and then another Characoal. Then in the top (3rd Basket) I have another small characoal bag. It's got a half tray as well SO I'm thinking less characoal and maybe fill that top (Of three) tray with LR instead. Water flow I "Think" goes from top to bottom on the three trays. Main reason since the outbound water flow is above this section.
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I'm not sure how the Fluval is, but on the XP3, it goes up the middle, sponges being at the bottom, then my other media in the middle, then my floss in the top. I personally use no charcoal, just ceramic cylinders, lava granules, and bio-stars for my media. And I'm thinking yours goes from bottom to top as well, through the sponges first, then gets drawn up from the bottom through all the baskets and out the top.
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Yup. Sounds right. I sometimes find large particles in the sponge (Baby Bristle worms) and nothing in the three baskets from bottom to top. (Coal, Bio's, Coal and empty 1/2 tray in basket three).
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From the looks of the diagram on drfostersmith it goes around like a U

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I've been reading this thread with interest, I'm currently thinking about purchasing a new filter for my 29 gallon planted tank. The filter I currently have on there is a Tetra whisper 40, HOB and I don't think it does as good a job as it should. I took it off the tank last night to clean it and as I was removing it from the tank, all this gunk came out of it and out into my tank, it was horrible. I clean it totally at least once a month and I clean all the tubing on it regularly. I had put a charcoal filter in there to remove the fertilizer that I had recently added to my tank, because I thought it may be causing the algea problem I was having, and when I took it out, it was so dirty, it almost disintegrated in my hands. I now have a huge piece of cotton fiber filter medium in there. Is Fluval one of the best filters that I can purchase and is it pricey? I just purchased an Aqua Clear 20 for my 10 gallon. The filter that came with that tank is also a Tetra Whisper but it's a very small one and you can turn down the water flow.

Would people suggest that I get a Fluval? Do they sell them in LFS or are they only available online?
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