AC filter media combinations

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by TigerBarb313, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. TigerBarb313Valued MemberMember

    Out of the three media choices what is the best combination for an AC HOB filter?
  2. JRC3Well Known MemberMember

    As much foam and biomedia that will fit in it...2 foam and 1 Biomax on top.
  3. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I ran one foam and 2+ bags of biomax, when I used them.
  4. TigerBarb313Valued MemberMember

    I thinks that is what I'll do.

    Wait..I thought you guys answered the same. Ha. Why one over the other.
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  5. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I prefer to have more biological media than mechanical, and one sponge kept my tanks clear. In my canisters I only have one tray of sponge - the rest is ceramic.
  6. TigerBarb313Valued MemberMember

    That makes sense.
  7. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    But, the second sponge will act as biomedia as well, so it's not exactly a straight this or that. I just prefer biomax over sponge for biomedia, because it has an enormous amount of surface area by volume, compared to sponge.
  8. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

  9. Matt BWell Known MemberMember

    I set mine up from bottom to top, sponge, sometimes carbon pad, filter floss and 2 bags of biomax up top.
  10. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    I do from bottom to top, sponge, then biomax and last, carbon. Since the carbon is the only thing I change at 6 weeks, I put it on top so its the easiest to remove. The sponge and biomax only get rinsed once a month.
  11. JRC3Well Known MemberMember

    Well, all in all...It all depends on sourcewater/tapwater and tank setup. LOL/Truth