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post #11 of 17 Old 09-05-2013, 05:11 PM
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I have them all filled. Do they need to be filled? Most likely not.

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post #12 of 17 Old 09-05-2013, 05:44 PM
got mine filled all the way too. instead of the carbon i got an extra layer of filter floss.
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post #13 of 17 Old 09-05-2013, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
I got the whole set up for free and was just gonna run what was in it but I think I need to fill it with more bio balls or something. What do you guys use or recommend. I finally found a good lfs in my area so I can get whatever I need to


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post #14 of 17 Old 09-05-2013, 06:57 PM
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I'm not a fan of bioballs. I like biomax. But, I don't think it particularly matters much - volume of media is generally not an issue with canister filters.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #15 of 17 Old 09-05-2013, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
There is quite a bit of the bio max in there too , probably like 50 cylinders or so maybe more.


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post #16 of 17 Old 09-05-2013, 10:59 PM
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As long as your water tests show 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites, you've got plenty of media from a bioload perspective. If you have particulates in the water and water clarity is a problem, then you can add finer media to collect that. If water clarity is good, then you don't need to worry about that.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #17 of 17 Old 09-05-2013, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
Ya everything is great just have an algae out break since I put the canister but don't know how it could be connected lol


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