Filter media Question

Discussion in 'Filters, Filtration and Pumps' started by jonshep, 23 Feb 2010.

  1. jonshep

    jonshep Newly Registered

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    Hi I am new to the forum

    I have a Jewel Rio 240 (internal filter removed)
    Rena XP3 external filter
    ph -7 - 7.5 nitrites -0 nitrates - 30
    water change and filter clean every 1-2 weeks

    My question is - Currently in my filter I have the bottom basket with 4 sponges 2 coarse and 2 fine. Middle Basket with a full layer of ceramic rings and a full layer of bio-chem stars. Top basket remainder of my bio-chem stars and above them a layer of wool pad. - can anyone tell me what other benificial filter media I could use in the top basket to improve filtration and water quality, maybe carbon or something to remove nitrates and phosphates.

    Thanks
     
  2. Shadow

    Shadow Member

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    Is this for planted tank? because plant like nitrate and phospate
     
  3. jonshep

    jonshep Newly Registered

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    Hi

    Yes I have various plants and will be introducing more over time.
     
  4. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    Generally we dont remove N or P, even if you dont have plants int eh tank, they shouldn't cause you any problems.

    Sam
     
  5. jonshep

    jonshep Newly Registered

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    ok thats cool

    I saw a product called JBL MicroMec has anyone used this is it worth having as a last layer of filtration for really clear water
     
  6. mlgt

    mlgt Member

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    Ive been told to get that as well for my JBL. In my other tank I have a Rena XP3 but its for my dads goldfish tank.
    Its a 180l Rio and houses 4-5 small juvenile kois.

    For my set up I have in the bottom tray 1 thick and 1 finer sponge, middle with eheim substrate type media and covered with a small sponge, top I have course pad and wool pad on top.

    This allows the water to be very clear. But i suppose it can differ for each person.

    I guess monitor the water and fish behaviour.
     
  7. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    It's great for polishing the water for the short-term, but clogs very quickly so isn't best for constant longer-term use.

    Personally I'm not fussed about the media in my externals. I usually use whatever is supplied with the fitler and clean it monthly. Occasionally I will use carbon to polish the water for photography purposes.
     
  8. jonshep

    jonshep Newly Registered

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    "It's great for polishing the water for the short-term, but clogs very quickly so isn't best for constant longer-term use."

    Do you think if I put it above the wool and cleaned it weekly it would last
     

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