Help me to chose the right media
Hi every one,
I just received my new (eheim professional 3 2080 "1200XL"), and i am now buying the media for it.
Please take a look at picture 1 which i got it from some website, you can find in the first tray from down it filled with "Ehifimech", but what i bought is "Eheim Mech", is there any different??
I already have another filter which is (eheim classic 600), should i go withe Eheim recomaned media as picture 2 show, or should i use another media?
Last thing please, i have another 2 (AA Internal filter on the led of my aquarium) its "1200 L/H", it has also BIO media setup, which media should i use in both of them?
My tank Specs:
- The size of it is approx (150 L x 55 H x 45 W) and its almost 90 Gallon.
- I will add some driftwood's and real plants with lots of Neon Tettra fishes +/- 150, and with some other small one.
Picture 1: (eheim professional 3 2080 "1200XL)
Picture 2: (eheim classic 600)
I don't know anything about the Eheim filters, but I checked your tank on aqadvisor, and 150 neon tetras will be overstocking the tank by quite a bit. With only neons, you could put about 115 in, if you want other species along with the neons you'd need to drop that number
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This is a case where calculators like AqAdvisor are inaccurate or misleading. I guess it is impossible to program in all the variables. In a 90g, you can easily have 200 or more small characins like neon, that is fine. A tank of 150 that is planted will look beautiful indeed.
To the filter, you are fine. If you are buying media, rather than buy the expensive Eheim brand, you can use the Fluval which is about 1/3 the cost. I have three Eheim Pro canisters and a Rena XP3, and I use Fluval media in all of them because of the cost difference. The ceramic disks that go in the one basket, then the "biological" media in the other basket (or two, depending on filter size).
Thanks for your advice..
Originally Posted by phin9009
Thank Byron, i also dont trust AqAdvisor with my full respect to it.
Originally Posted by Byron
And thank you very much for the advice about the other kind of media, i will consider it when i will fill my other filters.
But i just want to understand one thing please, (((( is there any different between "eheim ehfimech" and eheim mech" ))))???
Thank you again,
Fluval calls their equivalent to Eheimmech "prefilter." It's the same thing as Eheim mech. The box I have are hard surface ceramic disks or cylinders. Their surface is not as porous as the biomax. It's designed to be mechanical filter media.
Originally Posted by Byron
Last edited by Taurus; 08-30-2013 at 03:51 PM.
When in doubt, do a water change.
"This ain't rocket science!"
I've always had great luck using as much biological filter media that I could use in my filters.
I can't offer much more advice than that as I am not too familiar with Eheim filter never using one myself.
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