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Re: [APD] canister filter media advice?

"Need" is pretty subjective, where filtration is concerned.  I kept  
my 29 gallon tank going for almost a year, most of that time using  
just a sponge on a power head for filtration.  But, the water was  
never really clear.  When I went to a 45 gallon tank I continued to  
use just the sponge, but a bigger one.  The water was still not  
clear, and even less clear.   Now I use a H.O.T. Magnum 250 on the  
tank and esthetically it is much more satisfying.  (Now I can see the  
O2 and CO2 bubbles much better!)

Vaughn H.

On Nov 30, 2006, at 7:02 PM, Barry Anderberg wrote:

> Technically you don't even need *any* filter on a planted tank at all
> but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone but the most experienced  
> hobbyist.
> Vaughn Hopkins wrote:
>> When I used a canister filter I never put more than two types of
>> media in it.  One was biological media, and the other was plain old
>> filter floss.  The last such filter I used,  Fluval 104, I just left
>> out one of the baskets.  The earlier one I had was a 304 model, and I
>> filled two of the baskets with biological media.  But, no one  has
>> yet convinced me that "biological" media has any real purpose, beyond
>> what plain old filter floss has.  (Speaking entirely about planted
>> tanks, not fish only tanks.)
>> Vaughn H.

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