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Old 09-21-2012, 09:09 PM   #11 
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what kind of sponge should i use instead of the carbon??
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:26 PM   #12 
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You can use a second aqua clear sponge
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:03 AM   #13 
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Just swish/rinse your sponges every few weeks. You'll keep your bacteria and have no trouble with an Aquaclear.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:41 AM   #14 
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Grrr. I returned my marineland filters and bought some aquaclear filters with adjustable flow. so far i like them a lot. Anyone have any thoughts on those?

you guys have been so helpful..thank you a bunches!!!!

Twas a good choice. If you get a second sponge for each one you can take the bottom sponge out and clean it in the sink and rotate it to second position when you re-assemble the filter.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:36 PM   #15 
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So, instead of the carbon replace it with an extra sponge? the filter also comes with some biological "stuff". So its a three piece set: a sponge, carbon, biological cubes. Any tips on that stuff?
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I looked at some pictures and you might be able to stick an extra bag on top of the two sponges. The biomedia looks to be some kinda porus ceramic that should allow large colonies of beneficial bacteria to grow.
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I looked at some pictures and you might be able to stick an extra bag on top of the two sponges. The biomedia looks to be some kinda porus ceramic that should allow large colonies of beneficial bacteria to grow.

thats good right?

I actually really love this filter..the flow is perfect and allows the babies to swim under and around it. I sometimes catch one of my bettas playing with it. lol
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:27 PM   #18 
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thats good right?

I actually really love this filter..the flow is perfect and allows the babies to swim under and around it. I sometimes catch one of my bettas playing with it. lol
Yea its good. If I recall my old AC filter the water seemed to bypass the bottom sponge, it was always clean. I found an Aquaclear on clearance, I'm gonna try and modify it to rectify this problem. lol
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So, instead of the carbon replace it with an extra sponge? the filter also comes with some biological "stuff". So its a three piece set: a sponge, carbon, biological cubes. Any tips on that stuff?
Bacteria will grow on another sponge just as happily as they would on bio media :) Without a real "need" for the carbon using that space for more bio filter is always best... how you do that isn't super critical. Sponges are cheaper than the ceramic stuff, but you could put more ceramic in the space for the carbon if you wanted.
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Bacteria will grow on another sponge just as happily as they would on bio media :) Without a real "need" for the carbon using that space for more bio filter is always best... how you do that isn't super critical. Sponges are cheaper than the ceramic stuff, but you could put more ceramic in the space for the carbon if you wanted.
Ok, so i stopped at petco this morning before knowing to buy an extra sponge...would it be ok if i bought the sponge at a later time and took the carbon out?
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