im using the filter that came with my tank kit..
aqueon quiet flow..
I really dont like the cartridges you have to buy monthly or every second month..
they are a plastic frame coverd in white sponge,inside has carbon..
thecurrent one was running nearly two months,it got filthy dirty black,it was gross,i am guesing its due to me setting up an npt while using it,muck and dirt got into the pad. so it needed replacing
i dont want to be messing around trying to cut them open every time to remove carbon so i bought my own stuff to put inside the filter ..im wondering if this is safe and will it work..
heres what i bought...
1 mesh bag to hold the items..
1 large bag of white filter fibre
1 large bag of marineland blue/white bonded filter pad
1 small bag fluval biomax
total cost of materials about 15 bucks. i should get maybe 5 or 6 refills from this material so it should hopefully last a year or so..
so i cut up the blue filter pad and shoved it into my mesh bag so that the bottom and 2 sides of the bag was walled off with the blue pad, then i inserted the biomax and some white filter fibre into the middle of this blue box i created with the pad sponge,,then on top i put some filter fibre and i sealed up my mesh bag..
i slotted this into the spot where the filter cartridges go.its bulkier than the cartridges and takes up more space but its jammed in there and doesnt stick out the top of the filter or anything..
am i doing it right? is this a good way to go about it,i have no idea,i just looked at the filters in my two tanks and thought i could make my own and it would be ok..
any tips advice welcomed