09-15-2009, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by fighttest
its a 205 fluval canister filter. there are 3 baskets one of which is divided into 2 sections. ill call the baskets baskets A,B, and C. A being the top basket and c being the bottom basket. water flows through the filter starting at the bottom and ending at the top. basket C is divided into two parts C1 being the top of the basket and C2 being the bottom. in basket A and B there is fluval biommax biological rings. in basket C1 there is fluval carbon and in basket C2 there is a fluval water polishing pad. i just added the polishing pad today and when i was buying them i saw something called fluval prefilter and im thinking maybe this could be useful but i guess what ever you think is most useful i would try. iv been watching my new pearl gouramis that i got friday and i decided that they are my new clean up crew. theres no longer hair algae in the tank (im not sure if its because of them or if it just went away buy im happy). they eat so much algae though they they literaly poo decomposing algae. when the lfs gets new stock in wendsday hopefully they will get some ottos and ill get 3 of them.
Fluval are reliable filters, and canister filters are best on planted aquaria, so good choice. The media in the bottom basket should be the ceramic discs; they never need replacing, and are intended to trap larger matter first to avoid clogging the pads that can then trap the very fine particles better. In between the bio-max is good, I have this in my canisters as it happens. I would remove the carbon and not replace it. The polishing pad is OK at the start, I used it when I first set up my 115g, then took it out after about 3 weeks. The fine filter pads that are plain wool will do the job, and save money. The polishing pad, like carbon, has to be replaced regularly so why waste the money when it's not necessary.
Just a thought on the otos, only get them if you think they're needed; if there are fish in the tank eating algae, fine. No point in adding more bioload unnecessarily. But if the algae is there, they will do the job (on regular green and brown algae).