10-06-2007, 03:32 PM
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well just for the benefit of anyone else undergoing the same type of set up...
I did a handful of research all over the net, and talked to a few fish-savvy friends and decided on the following setup. In the Hydor canister filter im going to use a few different layers of various mechanical media, coarse pads, fine pads, ehfi synth and ehfi fix, arranged from coarse to fine, and the remaining space at the top of the media baskets filled with ehfi substrat pro.
the second canister filter (the eheim ecco) will be filled with a coarse and fine pad at the bottom, just to keep things clean, and the remainder of the media basket will be filled with bio balls, ehfi substrat pro, and possibly some ceramic rings.
in this arrangement I would attempt to circulate the water from corner to corner, so the current from the outflow of the mech filter would carry water to the intake of the bio filter, then from there to the mech filter, and so on and so forth.
I will keep everyone posted as to how it comes out!