Filter media for Fluval 404

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lindamcdonald
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Filter media for Fluval 404

Post by lindamcdonald » Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:27 pm

I have had my Fluval 404 running for 3 weeks. I am planning on changing part of the media in 2 more weeks. Is there a cheaper alternative to the fluval media? If I bought the carbon in bulk, what kind of material do I place it in? Some people talk about using pot scrubbers. Could I put something like that in my Fluval? What do you do? What would you suggest for Fluval Filter maintenance? Thanks for all your help! :P

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Post by chc » Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:28 am

Pot scrubbers would not be very effective in a canister (not as much surface area as in lava and other porous material). For a submerged application like a canister you need to maximize surface area. Several options here: manufactured media (from Fluval, Eheim, etc.) or DIY lava gravel is what most people choose.

Scrubbers do a good job in wet/dry applications though (they allow water and air to mix pretty well without becoming clogged up like lava would).

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using loose carbon

Post by lindamcdonald » Wed Jun 14, 2006 8:07 am

If I use the bulk carbon, what do I put it in? You would have to put it in a bag...right? I am so naive :lol:

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Post by chc » Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:39 pm

I wouldn't use carbon as it tends to capture toxins from the water only to release them back again eventually.

Try matrix from Seachem (cheap) or one of the Eheim options (expensive).

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