02-17-2010, 11:11 AM
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Yes, that is right....they really cannot be stuffed in the filter and would just take up room from the bio media in the new filter if you ripped off the filter pad, etc. I also think it is best to keep the bio wheels turning instead of just floating so the water is able to get to the whole surface.
I think you will be fine with the way you were able to work it out with the AquaClear media, etc.
Originally Posted by LisaC144
I see what you're saying with the cartridges. Then the cartridges won't really be able to be stuffed in the canister anyway, right? Unless you take off the platic backing which I'm not sure is possible without ripping it apart. I HAD the AquaClear 110 and just switched to the Eheim 2213 last nght. I was planning on stuffing my sponge in the canister, along with the biomax. The biomax was not a problem. I just put it in with the Eheimstrat and used less of the Eheimstrat. The sponge, however, is a monster from the 110 and was just as big as the canister. NO WAY I could ever squeeze it in unless the sponge was the only media in the filter. So I put the biomax in the canister, cleaned the sponge of major gunk in tank water, and stuck it in the tank where it sunk to the bottom. I'll probably keep it in there for a week or so until I plant my tank, then just take it out. By then there should be enough BB in the canister between it running for a week and the already established biomax, plus live plants. I hope I won't have any problems.