12-06-2007, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by jeaninel
I have the same filter. What I do is take the carbon cartridges and rip the seam open a little at the top of the cartridge enough so you can empty out the carbon. Then just use the blue pad as a mechanical/biological media. If you have an instance where you need to use the carbon cartridges, when your done you can empty out the carbon, rinse it well and recycle the pad by using it without the carbon.
So I shouldnt use any carbon in the filter?
Originally Posted by JouteiMike
I use the kind of mechanical filtration you buy in one huge piece and cut it yourself, much cheaper in my opinion. Give it a good rinse once or twice a month until it starts to fall apart.
I also use it as biological media, placing it after the water is filtered by other mechanical pads. Another thing you can do too is cut it and rip open just on the inside and not the sides, forming a little pocket and you can place that over filter intakes for a mini sponge filter.
I suggest you stop buying the filter replacement cartridges that come with carbon and the frame and all that...tends to be pricey. Get either a sponge or a pad that you can just rinse every so often, and replace when needed. Adding more "cartridges" would be helpful in a way, but not helpful to your wallet. A good alternative is what I suggested earlier, go with the cheap filter pads that are inexpensive.
If you still have excess room, a good idea could be to pick up some biological media; remember, this is placed after all the other media. In other words, you want the pristine, filtered water to penetrate this last. Some products are ceramic rings, bio-balls, more sponge and pads. These can be tied up in panty-hose, or you can buy a filter media bag or even a plastic case made for your filter to store the biological media in. Stay away from chemicals like Nitra-zorb, and ammonia removers and whatnot. Feel free to ask any more questions, I know I kind of went off on a tangent here...
if you could, a couple of links to your suggestions would really be helpful.........just so I have a better idea what you are talking about...........
Thanks for all of the help.........