Originally Posted by Mumma.of.two
Haha they can be to begin with. I put mine in the bath tub and get a couple of buckets of tank water to rinse everything in. That or in the backyard.
In the direction of water flow (don't know about yours but mine goes from bottom to top) I put sponge, then floss, the bio media. That way my ceramic rings stay cleaner. No need to change the media unless it's falling apart (or I change my floss out every 2nd or 3rd clean coz it's too dirty) just rinse it in tank water like you always have. They only say to replace it so they get more money!
If you think you have a dead spot (won't know until you have it running for a dew days/week) put a power head in to circulate that area.
Ok yeah that's why I was asking. My friend has a power head he would give me. Just don't know it I need it.
And per there instructions and I called fluval they said the bio media has to be on the bottom 2 trays and carbon or whatever else can be on the top tray. I didn't know what to put so I did the 2 trays with bio media. Most of it was from my old filters and some new as it holds a TON!! Then the top tray is 3 bags of carbon.2 from my old and 1 new one. And some cut up sponge. I hope I don't go through cycle. I'm kinda expecting a mini cycle maybe. But I'm knocking on wood!!!
Been through enough. I hope with this fx5 I see a good change in water although I was always ontop of things. Still gonna test everyday
This is the side I was concerned about. Not even sure if I should be. But it doesn't seem like much is going on as far as surface agitation.
Then this is the middle and right side. Has plenty.