Filter Cartridges in Cheap Filters - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 11Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 25 Old 04-30-2014, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Filter Cartridges in Cheap Filters

So, I'm considering pulling the cartridge (never been changed) out of my 10g, cutting the fabric off, emptying the carbon and putting the plastic frame back in (it holds the impeller shaft in place) and stuffing it full of dollar store pot scrubbers and the fabric from the cartridge because of the bacteria on it. For those of you I don't know, this is my purposefully overstocked tank whose inhabitants include -

1 Dwarf Gourami
1 Red Tail Shark (temp)
1 Nerite Snail
2 female bettas (1 baby)
3 Otos
3 Platies
3 Ghost Shrimp
5 Cherry Barbs (temp)

Was just a thought and would like opinions.
Flint
Posted via Mobile Device
Flint is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 25 Old 04-30-2014, 10:03 AM
Member
 
sprmankalel's Avatar
 
I am thinking about doing something like this. My sister gave me a 10 gallon with hood and filter and I hate those filters with the carbon in them. Carbon is pointless unless you've just finished meditating and are removing meds from the tank. I took this because I don't have the funds to purchase an AquaClear (preferred) filter. My concern is how to keep the outer portion clean.
sprmankalel is offline  
post #3 of 25 Old 04-30-2014, 10:49 AM
Member
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
An aquaclear sponge pack of 3 costs like $2. That would be what I would/do use.

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
jaysee is offline  
 
post #4 of 25 Old 04-30-2014, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
I prefer bio over mechanical. I just don't feel like there's enough bio especially with my stock regardless of my readings. You guys know I stress incessantly. .-.

Sprmankalel, what do you mean by you don't know how to keep the outer portion clean?
Posted via Mobile Device
Flint is offline  
post #5 of 25 Old 04-30-2014, 11:25 AM
Member
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
All media is biomedia, since it all houses bacteria. I don't see how the aquaclear sponge is any different than the pot scrubbers, except that the sponge is actually designed for use in an aquarium filter.

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
jaysee is offline  
post #6 of 25 Old 04-30-2014, 03:17 PM
Member
 
RSVBiffer's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jaysee View Post
All media is biomedia, since it all houses bacteria. I don't see how the aquaclear sponge is any different than the pot scrubbers, except that the sponge is actually designed for use in an aquarium filter.
Agree entirely, and I suspect that the pot scrubbers are actually able to hold less bacteria than the sponge due to the surface area available.

Flint, think you should also bear in mind that you need the mechanical filtration which should precede the biomedia to prevent it from becoming 'clogged'
RSVBiffer is offline  
post #7 of 25 Old 04-30-2014, 04:35 PM
Member
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RSVBiffer View Post

Flint, think you should also bear in mind that you need the mechanical filtration which should precede the biomedia to prevent it from becoming 'clogged'

YUP. Gunk on your dedicated biomedia will have quite an impact on its effectiveness.

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
jaysee is offline  
post #8 of 25 Old 05-03-2014, 08:06 AM
Reference Team
 
Hallyx's Avatar
 
I just don't trust dollar-store or auto-parts sponges. You never know where they've been ... or with whom.
Hallyx is offline  
post #9 of 25 Old 05-03-2014, 09:43 AM
New Member
 
cut a hole/slit in an aquaclear filter foam block and slide it over the intake to use as a prefilter. this would increase mech/bio filtration. rinse weekly.
nolfan is offline  
post #10 of 25 Old 05-03-2014, 10:20 AM
Reference Team
 
Agent13's Avatar
 
No point taking out the carbon.. in fact it's great biomedia once the chemical factor of it isn't working it actually becomes a very effective housing for BB. I'd rinse the cartridge though if its that dirty.. I run two of my QT tanks with those filters and they've done great.. have never changed the cartridge on one ..I keep a roll of cut to size filter media and Slide in that behind the cartridge. I have changed the cartridge a couple time on that other filter because it's been running 4yrs and was falling apart. Because I had the extra media behind it was able to add a new cartridge and keep my cycle .

Don't cut the carbon out... I wish everyone here knew just how much BB lives in that!


and you NEED mechanical media for the biomedia to work... if the water is carrying debris when touching the BB it isn't going to be very effective.. The BB can,t do it's job if it's covered in S%$t.


Last edited by Agent13; 05-03-2014 at 10:25 AM.
Agent13 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
help choosing right filter cartridges spartan89764 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 5 02-14-2013 10:11 AM
an end to buying cartridges for Emperor filters. 1077 Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 4 03-04-2009 08:39 AM
2 Filter Cartridges? TrashmanNYC Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 1 12-03-2007 03:26 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome