Originally Posted by Thumper828
That sounds like an awesome set up. Whers the best place to aquire that stuff...Amazon? I also researched the purigen, I think by the reviews it would be a good investment. How long have you been using it?
Petco & Petsmart in my area have lousy selection of filter media products. Petland prices are horrible for the API water test kits & filters ..... but filter media products are not so bad ... so I bought Purigen, Aquatic Life 100 micron non-woven filter pad, acurel filter fiber (floss), and acurel nitrate reducing pad there. I installed all but the filter fiber (floss) on August 21. [Petsmart was out of HBH Aqua-Pure "cut to fit" filter media ..... but I imagine the Marineland stuff Old Scales
has in his picture album would work just fine.] I've got more Purigen & Matrix coming in my amazon shipment that arrives today.
For laughs, go here to my post #4 on Aug 15th:
then see how I "got religion" about beneficial bacteria, lower nitrates, and water polishing about a week later. I realized I had learned only about "kindergarten level" of aquariums in my first 37 years of my hobby. Thank goodness for this forum ....... or I'd still be there.
I had the pre-filter to my Fluval C3 for my "fish in" cycling 29 gallon tank which I just took out and put on the intake tube of the C3. I just stuffed some of the filter fiber (floss) in the "dirty water" section of the aqua-tech where the C3 foam pre-filter was aquiring bb.
The 29 gallon finished cycling yesterday (day 8, fish in (minnows) cyclnig, seeded filter . Both tanks are zero on ammonia and nitrites and under 5ppm nitrates. This makes sense since I have been dumping water from the 38 gallon water changes into the 29 gallon. The 29 gallon is clear ..... but not yet crystal clear ..... let alone polished like the 38 gallon.
Now with my "8 stages" of filtering and beneficial bacteria breeding nedia in my aqua-tech ..... I am hoping to keep water changes 20-25% twice a month keeping nitrates under 20-30 ppm
. Time will tell if that works.
If I didn't have to pay $1 per gallon for bottled spring water and had the same high quality tap water I did when I lived in Kansas, I wouldn't even test my aquarium water .. I'd just do 25% weekly water changes similar to what most people on this forum do. [My tap comes from Midway Water System
and there is only one pet store that carries fish served by them ..... and their tanks look like they have a 20% solution of skim milk in them.]