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06-14-2013, 07:25 AM #1
Can I use a different filter media?
So, I have a Aqueon 5 gallon bow front tank. It came with a built-in filter, that looks a lot like this one. The actual tank in the picture is the 2.5 gallon version, but it's the same filter installed in both. Inside the cartridge is just activated charcoal, from what I can tell.
Now, I'm setting up this tank as a planted betta tank. The flow from the filter will be baffled, and I really don't want to be filtering through activated charcoal. I can't find the cartridge this tank came with (and that I didn't use last time I had this set up), so I need to buy new filter media anyways.
What would be best? Buy a filter sponge and cut it to size? Get loose material?
06-14-2013, 08:21 AM #2Junior Member Platy
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I'd say a sponge on top cut to size with a purigen bag to replace the carbon and maybe some bio media for bacterial growth.
06-14-2013, 08:57 AM #3
The cartridge I linked to is pretty flat. I basically only have room for one thing.
06-14-2013, 02:38 PM #4
You could look at some of the common cartridges available that use a frame. See if you can trim the frame to fit into your situation, you should be able to modify their media bags as well. Most use a foam filter to add biological space. That can also be trimmed to fit. You basically just need a something to fit into the space that allows good flow and a decent bed for bacters. The first idea would work well too.
06-15-2013, 01:19 AM #5
personally for a small planted tank like that all I would use is a sponge cut to fit. A single betta isn't high bioload, so no need for extra biomedia, and a single fish won't make a lot of waste, plus its planted. Just a sponge to remove visible particles and BB will grow nicely on the sponge, just make sure you always rinse it in chlorine/chloramine free water.
And pics, lol. Don't forget to post pics.
06-15-2013, 02:33 AM #6