Question Canister with sponge filter?

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Hi. I've bought a second hand 'Betta Choice 1050' UV canister filter but i have no idea what order to put the baskets. I've looked online and found the photo showing how the filter works inside but it doesn't appear to show the carbon tray in that illustration. Do I need carbon?
Also, I've seen pre filter recommendations to catch 'floaters'. Where would I put one of these? Over the filter intake in the tank?
Or would an actual sponge filter be better for water clarity and can one be used with a canister filter?
Lastly, could I hide the sponge filter behind rocks or does it have to be 'on show'?
Sorry for all the questions and thanks in advance for your help

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I don't put carbon in my tanks, just sponges and biorings. I just fill the sections that are for carbon with extra biorings
 

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Water should flow through coarse filtration -> fine filtration -> chemical (if used) -> biofilter.
I use Purigen for my chemical filtration. Carbon isn't all that great for general purpose use, so better to skip and increase the biofilter media like @e_watson09 said.
 
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LightBrownPillow said:
Water should flow through coarse filtration -> fine filtration -> chemical (if used) -> biofilter.
I use Purigen for my chemical filtration. Carbon isn't all that great for general purpose use, so better to skip and increase the biofilter media like @e_watson09 said.
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Check out some of Pondguru's videos on youtube. He has a series where he modifies people's canister filters (if lucky, you might be able to find one with your specific canister). In the process, he explains how to set up the media inside your canister. So even if he doesn't do your model, you'll still come away feeling more confident about how best to set it up.


Edit: Just keep in mind that he's sponsored by the Biohome folks, so he's trying to sell that stuff. It's good, but not the be all / end all. I prefer Eheim's substrat, personally.
 
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faydout said:
Check out some of Pondguru's videos on youtube. He has a series where he modifies people's canister filters (if lucky, you might be able to find one with your specific canister). In the process, he explains how to set up the media inside your canister. So even if he doesn't do your model, you'll still come away feeling more confident about how best to set it up.


Edit: Just keep in mind that he's sponsored by the Biohome folks, so he's trying to sell that stuff. It's good, but not the be all / end all. I prefer Eheim's substrat, personally.
Thanks! I'll have a look
 

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