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question about canister filter?
I have a Eheim 2213. With the way the filter is setup when you get it is okay to use it is for a planted tank? It comes with a basket that has media ( substrate pro ) fine filter pad course filter pad plus I think a carbon pad?
If you want to max out plant growth, some say the "media" is bad in canisters, you should use the blue sponges instead. I don't buy it, the sponges have a lot of surface area also and they will act as biological media also. The problem is, if you lower your filtration, you have to lower the number of fish the tank has. What's the priority - fish or plants? Work from there for priorities. You can have plants and fish, and if the tank is not optimized for plants, plants will still grow (if basic needs are met), just a little less rapidly. Lots of info in the forum's "stickies". I highly recommend them! Lots of experts here (not including myself in the list of experts, I'm still learning!).
Media is anything that goes in the filter and this includes sponges. I don't recommened any carbon or other chemical based medias. If you have any empty space in the filter add floss or any generic pads/sponges that are cheap. I don't quite see the need for a prefilter either. I've never used them before. It won't hurt to use one, but it adds more stuff that you see in the tank.
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