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Media setup for external canister, is this worthwhile?

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Hi there.

I came across a youtube video whereby the person

said his method was able to obtain maximum filtration with his arrangement.

Basically he put bio ball and ceramic noodles in the bottom of the canister (no bucket)

then put ridged course,medium and fine pads in one bucket then the remaining two buckets

had biohome ultimate pellets?

I have my setup in my aqua one aquis 1250 as per the aqua one instructions but now wonder what do other people have as their set-up?

Here is the video in question.

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Yes that how I had my Canister filter set up put some loose noodles under the bottom tray then the tray with your sponges then get some Marine pure Sphere's from The Tech Den for the other 2 trays far better product and cheaper to or put some chemical filtration in the third tray or some coral if you have Africans

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Lots of hard bio eg noodles

Plenty of coarse sponge.


maybe some fine white filter mat. The more you add the more frequently you will have to clean the canister. Internal filters are usually the better choice for using fine mechanical as they are faster and easier to clean.

maybe some chemical filtratio. Try to use an amount that will last approximately until you plan to clean it. No point adding chem filtration to a canister that will last weeks.... when you dont plan to clean it for months!

Priorities though is the hard bio and coarse sponge.

Specialist media, like coral bones/peat tablets/nitra-guard, can all be helpful if the aim is optimal tailored filtration.

But the basics stay the same.

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For the benefit of those new to the hobby or maybe just new to bio-filtration; may I suggest greater detail in the responses & advice.

In my case I don't know where to buy or exactly what to specify (in other than general terms - dangerous at Pet Barn?)

In my case also I have two filters one with 3 trays & one with 5.

I have no idea what is meant by chemical filtration, is this activated charcoal filtration?

And the ceramic noodles so often see do not appear to have a large surface area, so what is the attraction.

I Have some Seachem Matrix media boasting a huge surface area, but can this be washed & reused or is it a throw away once contaminated, & how would you know?

Hope you see what I am getting at.

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Typing a reply on a phone is no fun. I have answered similar questions easy a 100 times on here previously and often in great detail. A search would get you more detail than you could read in a month :)

Activated carbon is a type of chemical filtration.

How is the matrix contaminated?

As to ceramic media surface area... put it under a microscope. We are talking about living area for microbes after all.

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