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post #1 of 7 Old 05-16-2009, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
Tropiquarium Help Needed

I have a Tropiquarium 68 made by Hagen. They stopped making the Biolife filer and media, which comes with this unit, in 2004.

There is not a thing wrong with my system. I got it new in 1996 or so.

Does anyone have a "work around," now that the media is no longer available?

I just bought some Fluval foam, think I can use 1 and a half strips. My ceraWic is fine.

What do I do for the carbon? I phoned Hagen, they had no suggetions other than to buy a new system. I really do NOT want to do that!

If anyone has some ideas, I sure would appreciate hearing from you.

PS - you may ask, why am I asking now? Because in 2005, when I learned they had stopped making the media, I bought TONS of it. Just now starting to run out.
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-16-2009, 09:51 PM
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Can you post a picture of what the media looks like?
I am not familliar with this filter, but it looks like you could put something together.
Maybe use some media bags in the filter, or if the media is framed, you could remove what ever filter floss is on it and wrap your own floss around it.
Not very often do I buy the origanal media for my filters, most often I make my own media.

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-16-2009, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
Tenth item down on this website:
Aquatics Online Catalogue : Hagen Biloife Aquarium Filter Spares

Pink box, says BioLife and the number 3

Biolife A274 Stage 3 Carbon Pads (Pk3)

Mech Duo Cartridge

I've never made a filter, I really can't imagine doing this! LOL!

I could buy a box of carbon, seen that in petco. Where would I find the floss? How would I attach it to the frame work? This thing is REALLY skinny.
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-17-2009, 01:43 AM
Does that screen thing stand upright in the filter or lie flat?

You don't need carbon, It's really not necessary. It only stays active for about 3 days anyway.

Filter floss you can get at some petstores or possible walmart. It looks like pillow stuffing, some pillow stuffing my work as well. If the pad lies flat I would used filter floss, if it is upright though I would cut a sponge to fit.

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post #5 of 7 Old 05-17-2009, 08:34 AM
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Be careful if you decide to use any products not labled for aquarium use to make your filter media. Some pillow stuffing is made with fire retardant chemicals.
Here are two things I use when putting my own media together. Both are available at Petsmart and can be cut to fit.
You can save the frames from your old media and either use aquarium glue or rubber bands to hold the new filter floss in place.
I would add the foam or some type of sponge in the fiter to be serve as the biological section, that is only cleaned off in old tank water. I agree carbon is not needed. The only time you really need carbon is when removing meds. For this, you can buy a mesh media bag at Petsmart, fill it with some carbon and place inside the filter.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-17-2009, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
WOW thanks so much! I've been worrying about this.

The filter frame is upright, it slides down in between guides. That is why it has to very thin, to fit in those guides.

There is a thick piece of foam as a separate stage in filtering. The Tropiquarium has a 3 stage filtering system, the ceramic bits, the foam, and this carbon packet.

I never realized the carbon is only active for about 3 days!!

(Just noticed a typo in my initial post, "ceraWic " should be "ceramic." There is no edit option up there.)

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-17-2009, 10:58 AM
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You can also put the ceramic bits in the mesh media bags and place in the filter. There are alot of different brands of the ceramic bits made for different filters. Any kind will do the job. This section does not really need to be replaced. Just give it a good rinse in old tank water now and again and place it back in the filter.
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