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bigdreams said:
You can get Aquaclear Powerhead plus Quick Filter attachment and run that instead. (Non DIY version). Will set you back about $45 .

WHOA, this is very interesting to me bigdreams, never knew about this. I take it with the attachment it should not suck up any baby fry/snails/shrimp and what not?

Would this powerhead:



And this Quick Filter:



It says you can clip two or more together as well, this sounds EPIC!

Thanks so much!
 

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Yeah that would work, that's what I was referring to. You can find replacement filter pads in bulk (24 pack) on Amazon too. If you run it constantly you may clogging up after a week, depending on how cloudy your water is . I used it when I first setup my dirt tank, and don't use it that much anymore. Good to have on hand .
 

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So it came bigdreams, but how in the heck does it attach? The powerhead came with a rubber attachment, but I can't get it to connect with the filter device, either with or without the rubber attachment thing. What am I doing wrong? Thanks!

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The rubber attachment is for use with undergravel filters. You don't use that . You should be able to attach Quick filter directly to the powerhead. Make sure the "internal" plastic crating that goes into quick filter is aligned so that you can actually push it in onto the powerhead. You don't want the plastic grating end on the topside of the quick filter and it will get in the way. HTH

If quick filters opening is too big for powerhead, the quick filter should have come with an "insert" that should fit the powerhead better

Actually it looks like you added that insert already try removing the insert from the Quick filter cap, it should work. You don't need all the pieces that come with the powerhead/filter.
 

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Thanks bigdreams! I will take a further look when I get home. But on the Quick Filter box before I left, it looked like it was saying to put it over the strainer piece. But the pump did not even come with a strainer piece. Shouldn't it have? Seems very weird that it did not - there would be nothing to keep huge things from going up into the powerhead.

Thanks!
 

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That is strange ... My powerhead 20 came with a strainer, I think my powerhead 70 did not... Can't remember. Was the pump box properly sealed? It could be some models have strainers and others don't. The more powerful may be meant to be attached directly to a 1inch lift tube (coming from undergravel filter).
 

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Box seemed sealed proper bigdreams, and looking at the product on amazon I can't see where it comes with a strainer. I guess I don't care as long as I can get the quick filter thing hooked up - will try again when I get home and follow up. Thanks!
 

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Homeslice said:
Box seemed sealed proper bigdreams, and looking at the product on amazon I can't see where it comes with a strainer. I guess I don't care as long as I can get the quick filter thing hooked up - will try again when I get home and follow up. Thanks!
Did you get it to work?
 

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It was just like you said bigdreams, the top of that quick filter had a little plastic piece in the middle I could push out, and when I did it was a perfect fit for the powerheads. I still have not put anything in the middle of the filter where there is the excess space, I think I'm going to throw some filter floss in there for the super-polished look!

Thanks so much, I will use these things forever!
 

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The filter pads that come with the quick filter are essentially filter floss, they alone will polish the water. You could put carbon, purigen, or even biomedia in the middle instead. Adding additional filterfloss would be unnecessary I think.

Good to hear it worked out!
 
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Got the floss and pump and it does help. My corner filter has stringy stuff on it. I pulled some out of the water and it’s black strings. Could this be black beard algae? I guess I’m leaving my light on too much? How do I get rid of it. It’s on my plants too just not as much as on the filter.
 

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Magicpenny75 said:
Dr. Tanner sent me a little foam scrap that lays on the bottom behind the filter wall to support it and keep the substrate from pushing it in.
Thanks for that. I'm in the middle of installing a CMF and couldn't figure out what the small piece of foam was for. I may need to cut it down a bit but it looks like it should provide decent support against gravel pressure.

The other thing I've seen is using a strip of thin, flexible plastic bent between the side braces and siliconed in place to hold the substrate at bay. I was planning to try something like that as it should keep the substrate out of the filter area when cleaning the foam.
 

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bigdreams said:
The filter pads that come with the quick filter are essentially filter floss, they alone will polish the water. You could put carbon, purigen, or even biomedia in the middle instead. Adding additional filterfloss would be unnecessary I think.

Good to hear it worked out!

Got it, thank you bigdreams!
 

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