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Old 11-14-2012, 07:39 PM   #1 
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Wondering about filter media...

So what I was wondering, is if a simple filter sponge or any foamy type thing made for a filter would work as tye filter media. All that matters is that theres a place for the BB to live, right? Then I could just buy any type of foam media and just cut it to size...
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:52 PM   #2 
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Or can something like this be used alone as filter media?

http://m.petsmart.com/mt/www.petsmar...AvailInUS%2FNo

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:05 PM   #3 
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Yes, for the most part you have the right idea. What type of filter do you have? Not the brand, but the type such as canister, Hang on Back/Tank, internal, etc. You want to make sure that it fits inside the filter well enough that the water is drawn through it and doesn't go around it.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:10 PM   #4 
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Yep. The filter cartridges you buy have carbon in them but you really don't need carbon.

The filters I use (AquaTech) have a regular filter cartridge which needs to be replaced when it falls apart but also a permanent sponge which is never removed or cleaned. The filter media in the link is what the replaceable cartridge is made of.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:20 PM   #5 
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Oh okay cool. I was wondering about that for hang on back filters. That permanent sponge for the aquatech sounds interesting...
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:21 PM   #6 
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I have aqueon quietflow filters. I stuff it with filter foam made for the aquaclear filter

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:21 PM   #7 
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I use small internal filters in my betta tanks, and each one just takes a big block of sponge which is both the bio filter and the mechanical filter, but I could also layer some of the filter floss or foam together into a large brick and use that.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:25 PM   #8 
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What about the filter floss alone? Could filter floss be used alone OR foam be used alone?
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:37 PM   #9 
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Oh also: what if I need to change falling apart filter media but theres not enoght room in the filter for the old and new media... Would I just put the new media in the filter and drop the old stuff in the aquarium?
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