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Old 07-08-2006, 10:07 PM   #1
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Media stacking in a canister filter

I'm using an XP2 on my 65g and wanted some opinions on the media stack I am using since the last filter change. From bottom to top (which goes with the flow of water) it's 4 layers of foam (which fill the first media basket), then about 2" of ceramic media followed by 1 more sheet of foam and finally a bag of carbon and zoolite. The filter is used in my (now) primarily discus tank. It's pretty heavily planted as well.
I was trying for a balance of stuff to clean/polish the water and to provide media for bio-filtering.
Good? Bad? Crazy?
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Old 07-08-2006, 10:53 PM   #2
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I'd take out the carbon and zeolite if it's a planted tank. It will remove valuable nutrients that the plants need. Also, carbon, no matter what brand you get, only lasts a week anyways. Here's what I have in my XP2:

Lower basket: 2 coarse sponges, 2 medium sponges
Upper basket: ceramic rings in the bottom, filter floss in the top, covered by the white fine filter pad.
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carbon or not, that white fine filter (or "water polisher" i think the instructions say), should be at the top of the stack, right?
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Correct. The fine pad is the last item the water goes through before exiting the cannister.
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OK, good call. I'll leave the carbon in for the weekend, which will give me a chance to get a new pad. Thanks all!
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65g: Magawi cichlid
6 cichlids, 1 common pleco 8", 2 synodontis cat, plastic plants, anacharis, amazon sword. 36w single tube.
29g: community
2 dwarf gourami, 1 King Tiger pleco (L066), 2 discus, 1 BN plec, 1 long-fin golden ram, 3 clown loaches, vals, amazon and african sword, anubias nana. 65w 6700k Aqualight 6700k PC, DIY Co2 (testing)
20g: guppy
otos, bn plec (tiny), many guppies (for babies to feed the cichlids!), anubias, anacharis, yellowstripe, the list goes on.... 30w 6700k
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