Originally Posted by SpAceGiRl94
Sack of media? Are you saying use panty hose as a sack and use what is in the cartridges (but take the cartridge apart)? And what is floss?
ok Here’s the lesson everyone in the hobby gets eventually. In an aquarium we use 3 forms of filtration.
1st is mechanical- meaning it physically filters the water for physical bits and pieces normally seen as the “fuzzy white material on the filter cartridges” (Floss)
2nd is biological- meaning it biologically filters the water. This is literally beneficial bacteria that lives in your aquarium that helps break down the nitrogen process by consuming ammonia and nitrites
3rd is chemical- meaning it chemically filters the water normally is in the form of activated carbon this helps with discoloration and smell of the water
All of this is what’s in your filter cartridges when you buy them... you can do this your self for a fraction of the cost in the long run. And personally I feel it’s easier this way.
The filter you have is very basic. If you didn’t want to buy a better one. I would pull the stuff out of the one you have and try the new method out. It should last longer than the cartridges.