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Old 07-12-2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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Newbies, The Power Of Filter Floss

Hey. I just wanted to show new comers to our hobby just how effective floss can be in ANY type of filter. I started work my new shrimp/plant tank and I used Fluval Stratum, which is messy when disturbed. As you can see, even after rinsing and carefully refilling(using a bowl), the stratum cause's quite a bit of clouding. This first batch of pics, was the first refill. The second picture is after only 25mins of the filter being switched on. 1hr 30mins later it was crystal clear!!!.....
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:20 PM   #2
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The second time of filling. I had to do this as just when I thought I was happy enough with the substrate and the layout, on the front of the tank, I noticed some scratches on the glass. I decided to turn it around, which meant reversing everything, including the substrate!!. As you can see, it got very dirty. After 1hr 30mins, everything inside was visible, enough to add the guppies and the second photo is after 5hrs....
***I did change out the floss 3 times during the whole process***
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:31 PM   #3
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I've never heard of this before. Looks to work amazingly!
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Can't argue with those results!
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What kind of filter floss did you use?
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:45 PM   #6
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Pretty much any tight polyfill will work. In my experience, I use this if I know my water will be cloudy, it clears it up after about 30 minutes. ( I use the 50 micron version) Coralife Pure-Flo Micron Filter Pads
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Pretty much any tight polyfill will work. In my experience, I use this if I know my water will be cloudy, it clears it up after about 30 minutes. ( I use the 50 micron version) Coralife Pure-Flo Micron Filter Pads
Thanks dmolavi. Do you use these filters in lieu of a normal aquarium filter of just if you want to clear it up?
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I've never heard of this before. Looks to work amazingly!
Yeah I swear by it. I use it in ALL my filters(canisters, internals and HOBS) I've ever had and ever will. It's a cheap addition to your filter and as you can see, it does work amazingly. I use it continuously....

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What kind of filter floss did you use?
I use bed pillow stuffing. You can buy Aquarium filter floss but it is much more expensive. I paid $3 for enough to do me about 2yrs. In the US, I believe you can buy a massive bag in Hobby/Craft stores for a few dollars. When it gets dirty, simply dump it and add new floss. It's not a BB media, so no need to worry. When buying it, just make sure it's 100% polyfil, no additives, eg Fire Retardants. It looks like Candy Floss!!

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Do you not run it continuously??
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I use the 50 micron stuff as needed, to polish the water. Normally, I just use polyfill and Seachem Matrix.
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I use the 50 micron stuff as needed, to polish the water. Normally, I just use polyfill and Seachem Matrix.
Is it Matrix carbon or Matrix bio-media???
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Is it Matrix carbon or Matrix bio-media???
Biomedia
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How do you find it. Any difference in your water parameters. I recently added it 2wks ago, to my canister filter......
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How do you find it. Any difference in your water parameters. I recently added it 2wks ago, to my canister filter......
So far so good
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Just ordered some filter floss as I'm changing from gravel to sand and don't want the cloud! Do I put this in my filter where the normal filter pads would be and keep the carbon in?
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Just ordered some filter floss as I'm changing from gravel to sand and don't want the cloud! Do I put this in my filter where the normal filter pads would be and keep the carbon in?
Keep one pad in there for the BB. Add this to it to clear the tank.
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Keep one pad in there for the BB. Add this to it to clear the tank.
Okay great, then after remove the floss and then re add the other pad?
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Okay great, then after remove the floss and then re add the other pad?
What type of filter do you have??
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What type of filter do you have??
Interpet internal filter?
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Interpet internal filter?
Do they only have one sponge, a rectangular block....
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Do they only have one sponge, a rectangular block....
2, one which is like regular filter foam and then the other side which is carbon?
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