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Old 11-05-2014, 10:04 AM   #1
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Would this be good as filter media

I can get them for about 80 cents from work
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:09 AM   #2
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they should be fine as long as the dyes don't leach out.
One issue with those things is that if handled a lot they tend to get "powdery" but if you are just putting them in a canister or something, they should be fine.

I use the same type of material, but I get 2'x3' sheets of it from the lfs I go to.
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:36 AM   #3
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hi PB_Smith. I put a post on 2 days a go and no 1 replied lol. So can I ask is cotton wool is ok to use in a filter, as I have always used it. But some one in pet shop told me not to use it. so put filter wool in and it not as good if you ask me.
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With any questionable material... is it really worth the risk?? If anything buy a pond pad and cut it up..

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Cotton is not a good thing to put into a filter as it will rot. polyester batting is a better choice.
As to the pads above, they provide fine filtration, provided they contain no soap. Personally, while i have used pads of that type to fine filter, plastic pot scrubbers would be my choice for bio filtration. They are also very easy to clean.
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:54 AM   #6
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I have but as I said it isn't as good as cotton wool, never mind I stopped using it now. I have used it for over 4 years though lol opps never had a problem with it though. thank you for you reply
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cotton will decompose in water, harming water quality, not improving it.
all "floss" type media requires a few days before they really start trapping the ultra fine particles.
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It is the best thing I ever used in my old turtle tank I tried lots of media in it. I understand why you all say it’s no good and I think you’re all right. I found it use to go in to a clump and get a like jelly on it whether that gel like stuff was any good is beyond me :S does any one know what the jelly is? But the water tests always said the water was really good when it was in there.
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It is the best thing I ever used in my old turtle tank I tried lots of media in it. I understand why you all say itís no good and I think youíre all right. I found it use to go in to a clump and get a like jelly on it whether that gel like stuff was any good is beyond me :S does any one know what the jelly is? But the water tests always said the water was really good when it was in there.
if it was 100% cotton then my guess is the "jelly" was bacteria/mold consuming the decomposing cotton.
cotton won't immediately decompose as it has been so processed, but it is a natural fiber and as such WILL eventually succumb to biological action.
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cool thank you always wounded what it was
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Old 11-05-2014, 04:29 PM   #11
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Ok so where do you guys get your materials for making your own media. I want to make some corse medium and fine pads ideally
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I usually buy bulk course, medium & fine pads online in 24"x36" or 36"x36" form. Most of the major online aquarium suppliers sell it this way. usually $10-15 per piece, once cut that's a fairly cheap filter!
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you can get filter media cheap enough
as in these 2 links
Aquarium Filter Media: Drs Foster and Smith Mechanical filter Media


I buy this one by the 12 pack
Aquarium Filter Media: Drs Foster and Smith Blue Bonded Filter Pad

I wouldn't risk using those colored pads the dyes would most likely leach out
another thing too think about some of those pads are dipped into a formaldehyde
to preserve them and make them stiff
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another thing too think about some of those pads are dipped into a formaldehyde
to preserve them and make them stiff
hmmm, good to know.
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I use JBL symec. It's cheap as chips and a big bag lasts me ages! Over a year.


1000g around a tenner, that's enough for several filters. It's safe and so cheap you may as well use it.
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hmm wonders if cheese cloth would work but not sure if its made from cotton or not ?
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