Alternative To Carbon Insert Media

andrew fiore

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Quick question for more experienced people. I’m fairly new I’ve had my tank for about 6 weeks it’s a 44 gallon and I have a marine land 350 bio wheel filter. Would it be possible to enhance this filter at all with a different media? Also please don’t recommend I get a new one I don’t have money for that right now.
 

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Ditch the carbon and load up on polyfiber .
 

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1) they make empty cartridges you can buy and add your own media
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2) cartridges are unnecessary, can just get media bags and sponges.
Quite easy to customize with the large area
 

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You could just remove the filter inserts and fill it up with dollar store plastic pot scrubbies if money is tight.
 
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Okay cool. Now when I start to use whatever new method I choose I’m assuming I should leave the old media in at the same time for about 3 weeks? To help keep some of the benificial bacteria. I was thinking I could just cut a slit to get the carbon out and leave the rest in the tank while the new stuff builds up bacteria.
 

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Carbon goes bad after so long. It's a good idea to use the old filter pad to seed new filter media, but cut it open and dump the old used carbon out into the trash.
 

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Here's the usual video I post that explains everything about hot rodding a filter:
 

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