A way to save money

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by atmmachine816, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Well I decided to try something new today, instead of replacing my filter cartridge in my penguin-bio-wheel with a new one I decided to throw in some filter fiber I had laying around and see how it worked. Well I put in enough to make the wheel spin and so far it's doing great. All that is different then the regular cartridges is there is no carbon. Before you decide to do this let me finish expierementing to make sure it's works good but if you want to do it to you can. It's a lot cheaper for me ;D and is a lot easier. Let me know if you do this, see any flaws, or are going to try it.

  2. MarcWell Known MemberMember

    I have tried it and it worked horribly. At least, it did on my 330.

  3. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember


  4. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    You can use the untreated quilt filler from wal-marts quite successfully. Just make sure it doesn't have any flame retardant or perfumes.

  5. MarcWell Known MemberMember

    If you just stick in filter floss the water passes through it badly and will often either just go over it (carrying any debris) or go over the edge of the plastic near the tubing.
  6. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Is filter floss and filter fiber the same? And I have it completly up so that water passes throught it not over it but we will see how it works.

  7. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Well it's been a week now and it has lots of junk on it and the wheel is still spinning great and the water is crystal clear, it's working GREEAT

  8. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Anybody, is filter floss and filter fiber the same? It's been over a month now and it works great. The water doesn't pass through it but rather it collects tons of junk. Only draw back is that you have to rerange it every week when you turn the filter off.
  9. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    yep onee and the same really confusing isent it
  10. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    you could do the same thing off ice does
  11. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    That's a great idea. I might have to try that.
  12. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Fish R Friend that's what my grandpa did for years but since I combined the fish from some of his tanks when I did it the wheel didn't spins so I bought store bought ones, then I was tired of spending the money and I find it's a lot easier just to stuff some of it in and make sure junk is getting on it. It works great for me and collects more junk than you'd think, :D I'v been doing it for several months now and it's still working great.
  13. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    yep its the same thing just different ways of saying it (floss and fiber :) )
    I use it to clarify my water sometimes. My 55 has messy eaters in it and the water gets bits of dissolving shrimp pellets floating around while their eating and the floss takes it right out.
  14. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    well im glad you found something that works only if there was some way to do the same thing onthe tetra filters :-\
  15. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Internal or HOB?
  16. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    HOB im thinking of a way to do it
  17. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Can't you just take a handfull and stuff it in there, that's what I do.
  18. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    no it may get stuck in the chamber were the impeler is
  19. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    O they aren't separate, in the bio-wheel they are?
  20. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    they are really close with a very little bearer

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