I just got a new canister filter and I've been reading a lot of filter threads lately. I thought it would be interesting to start a thread where we can share which filter(s) we have and what media we put in them.
It can also be informative for newcomers who are just learning. There seems of be a lot of what can I put in my filter type questions out there.
Please mention the model/brand of filter and the size tank you have it or them on.
I'll go first. I have a 29 gallon tank that has two filters on it at his time.
In my Aquaclear 50 HOB
I have from bottom to top, the foam block that came with it, two layers of Marineland bonded filter material cut to size, a small media bag of peat (about 2-3 Tbsp replaced monthly not to significantly change the pH, but I like having a little tannin in my SA tank) and the ceramic bio pellets that came with it on top.
In the Fluval 206 canister I have the foam in the frame. In the media trays I have the bio foam that came with in the bottom, in the middle I have biomax ceramic rings -- both what came with and extra I bought to fill the tray completely (what came with barely covered the bottom). In the top tray I have the finishing pad that came with and two pieces of the Marineland bonded filter material cut to size (which can be used to seed a HOB
). I eventually plan to put the peat from the HOB
in the canister in the top tray, too.
I don't use carbon except to remove meds and I use my media until it's falling apart.
I look forward to learning more about our various filters and what we all are using in them.