hello we just got ourselves a 36 gallon corner tank, and decided to use the fluval 305 canister. so far it hooked up awesomely, we have no fish in the tank yet, we are waiting to let it settle for a week or two. anyway, what media is best to use? we have the stock setup it came with
(carbon in the bottom, carbon & biomax in the middle and biomax up top, along with the filter sponges).
is this good? I think the bio max is kinda like a bio wheel right? so that don't need to be changed often? anyway any input is helpful
I not intimately familiar with cannister filters but I believe that you will find that a majority of the members of the Forum will recommend against the use of activated carbon for typical filtration.
Activated charcoal is typically only used in very anomalous situations and these occur very, very infrequently.
More typical mechanical and biological filtration are appropriate for normal use.
A filtration process which has been found to be effective is:
1) coarse mechanical filtration media
2) fine mechanical filtration media
3) coarse biological filtration media (these are my words which I use to describe the media) (for example bioballs)
4) fine biological filtration media (for example sintered glass).
thanks for your input, but im not as fish worthy as you, so can i get some examples of the different types of media?? that would help a lot
Folks: If anyone can "short circuit my time helping" for Ak then please do so.
hello and welcome.
i have the 305,bare with me and i will reply again . :)
ok the canister.
you won't really need the carbon at the moment to be honest.
in the trays you will have cerramic rings,and at the side of the filter
you will have the sponges,
have you taken out the rings from the bag they were in
if there was one ? don't empty the carbon out of the bags. .!!!!
now that the filter is in place,leave it,
as you go through the cycle,leave the filter alone,that is where the biological bacteria need to grow.
you will not need to change sponges,or the rings.
are you going to cycle with fish or without ?
are you going to cycle with or with out fish ?
also i'm just wondering if you could use some of the
filter media from your other filter.for this new one,
you will be half way cycling.
i'm not familiar with your filter at the mo,will look later. :)
be careful about altering your PH,as this can be very
detrimental(sp) to the fish,
please don't think me rude here,how long have you
had the other fish for,and what is is stocked with ?
AFAIK no need to change the sponges unless they dissintergrated.
i'm not sure on your filter,can you borrow a sponge
from your existing filtre(without leaving it with nothing)
and put it into one of the baskets of the new filter,
as to be honest,the water doesn't do anything,and you'll
not be cycled.then put some prawn in the tank for the filter bacteria to feed on
if you are fishless cycling that is :)
your tetra in the other tank would be heaps happier if
they were in a larger group,and could you say what Loach you have.
some other opinions would be Great,incase i've got anything
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