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woaussie 10-16-2011 10:59 AM

Eheim Filters Fine Filter Pads
Has anyone found a suitable material to use in the Eheim canisters for the white fine filter pads? It looks like angel hair or something like it. Once it gets wet it feels like a ball of cotton after you clean it. Trying to put it back in its tray is fun after you clean it. I do not mind buying there replacement pads at $19.00 a kit but it would be nice to save money with some other material that would work as well. There blue course pad will last quite awhile. The fine pad is below it in a seperate tray. Some of there other models use the same material. Saving a few bucks today means alot but I do not want to hurt the water quality either. Thanks

DKRST 10-16-2011 11:05 AM

What model do you have?
I can custom-cut a "fine" pad for my 2215, but some of the other designs would be tricky to cut from the generic sheets of filter material you can get at your LFS. I do rinse my fine filter pads out (gently) when I clean the filter and have, on average, gotten about 3 months out of each pad.

Byron 10-16-2011 02:04 PM

I have the Eheim Professionel II canisters, and I find much the same thing. The white pads at the top lose their shape when rinsed. After a couple rinsings, they won't even fill the space.

You can use regular filter wool, the white stuff that comes in a bag. You can pull it apart like cotton, and I have done this to make a thick "pad" for the canister. Even if this gets tossed each rinsing, it is significantly cheaper.

On the rinsing, every couple of months should be sufficient. It depends upon the tank and fish load, but mine tend to go for 3-4 months between rinsing without clogging.

woaussie 10-16-2011 07:46 PM

The filter is the Eheim Pro 3 model 2073. I really think it is the best canister I have ever had over the years. Simple to set up and quite. I can not even hear it run. Love the spray bar for air water mixing. I knew there had to be an answer for filter material. I will look for it tommarow when I go to get several Rainbows for this new 90 gallon tank.It cycled in 3 1/2 weeks. Again there filter material leaves something to be desired. It was really clean but I wanted to clean it after cycling the tank. Im glad I did and found this minor problem. Thanks again for the answer.

DKRST 10-16-2011 08:11 PM

Some folks use quilting batting, instead of aquarium filter floss, since it is really inexpensive. There is one caution if you go that route! Pillow or quilting batting/floss is often treated with flame-retardant chemicals. While they may not harm the fish, why take the risk? I'd recommend buying a floss, as Byron suggested, that was specific for aquarium use. It's still really inexpensive compared to the Eheim filter pads!

woaussie 10-16-2011 08:36 PM

Thanks all for the help. It all makes life much easier I"ll pick some up tommarow at the LFS. Thanks again

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