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Old 12-07-2007, 01:47 AM   #11
 
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You shouldn't use carbon. It is not necessary but you can store a new pack in your cabinet until the time you will need it. It is used mainly to remove stains, odors, meds et al.
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:52 PM   #12
 
hmmm, very confusing..... :(
why do they sell all of the cartidges with carbon?
and what do I use, just empty cartridges? thats enough?
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Old 12-07-2007, 02:30 PM   #13
 
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thats all I use, trashman. Actually, i buy the actual filter cartridges with the carbon in it, and break open the back of it to get all the carbon out. i use the carbon in the whisper cartridges for my firebellied toad tank :P

the one empty cartridge works wonders (though id like to add some finer stuff behind it for fun) and they last for months and months of rinsing.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:22 PM   #14
 
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Carbon does have it's use when you need to remove meds or odors or tannins from driftwood, etc. My Whisper filter I have sells their cartridges with the carbon in seperate pouches so you have the option of adding it or not.

On my Penguin 350 I run the empty cartridge in the first slot (or with carbon if I need to remove meds) and a sponge in the second slot and then of course there's the biowheel. The sponge I use just as extra bio media. I forget what brand it was, Fluval or Filstar or something, but it fit exactly into the slot. Didn't have to trim it down or anything. I figure it's always good to have extra surface area for the bacteria.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:54 PM   #15
 
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Carbon does have it's use when you need to remove meds or odors or tannins from driftwood, etc. My Whisper filter I have sells their cartridges with the carbon in seperate pouches so you have the option of adding it or not.

On my Penguin 350 I run the empty cartridge in the first slot (or with carbon if I need to remove meds) and a sponge in the second slot and then of course there's the biowheel. The sponge I use just as extra bio media. I forget what brand it was, Fluval or Filstar or something, but it fit exactly into the slot. Didn't have to trim it down or anything. I figure it's always good to have extra surface area for the bacteria.
Right now i have the old sponge from my whisper 20 in one of the extra slots...........i put it there during the tranfer for the bacteria.........ill look into the ones that you mentioned.........
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Old 12-09-2007, 03:50 PM   #16
 
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you can buy floss at walmart.

you dont have to replace it but you can just wash it out. its great for polishing.
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Old 12-09-2007, 04:16 PM   #17
 
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My walmart doesn't have any floss.
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Old 12-09-2007, 04:34 PM   #18
 
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you can buy floss at walmart.

you dont have to replace it but you can just wash it out. its great for polishing.
aquarium section?
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Old 12-09-2007, 04:55 PM   #19
 
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you can buy floss at walmart.

you dont have to replace it but you can just wash it out. its great for polishing.
aquarium section?
We don't have a walmart over here, but in all the lfs and pet stores they have it, so I'd imagine they have it in walmart since walmart seems to sell fish as well.

( a supermarket that sells fish is a strange concept to us, LOL)
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:05 AM   #20
 
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Petsmart doesn't even have filter floss :( I had to pay 8 dollars for a bag of it at my LFS.. They are such a rip off.
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