Emperor 400 HOB filter

jickey

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HI All,

I'm running a Marineland Emperor 400 Biowheel HOB filter in my 60gal planted tank. Their filter media - well, it's expensive and meh. Since they provide two cartridges and two more are cheap (you can run 4 in the Emperor) I'm going with different media. I'm currently running plain polyfiber in both sides, and I'm going to add two more - I'm thinking one with Seachem Purigen and the other with Seachem Matrix. No charcoal since I dose my tank. Does this sound like a good plan? If you don't think so, what would you run in there and why?

Secondary question - just *how* conservative is aqadvisor?
 

BDpups

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I use to keep the frames when I used those filters, and place this, on the back of the frame. Cut them a bit long and let them hang over the top and they stay in place.

Chemical filtration is your choice. I generally don't use it, but its up to you. I would not bother with the matrix. You have enough bio media.

Just a suggestion. Your plan will work fine.
 
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jickey

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OK, I was thinking the Biowheels provided enough bio media, but just wondering. I'm still considering the Purigen. Either that or I'll just run the coarse filter pads then the fine ones to polish the water unless there are other suggestions that I haven't thought of.
 

BDpups

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jickey said:
OK, I was thinking the Biowheels provided enough bio media, but just wondering. I'm still considering the Purigen. Either that or I'll just run the coarse filter pads then the fine ones to polish the water unless there are other suggestions that I haven't thought of.
That would work fine.
 
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jickey

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Thank you!
 

TornFin

Member
I run two of these in my 75 and they work wonders! I had the same idea I just used the two provided with the filters and bought bags of ceramic media ( the ones that come in smaller bags filled with it ) from there I cut filter pads that you buy in big rolls to fit in the inserts. I put the bags of bio media behind the plastic inserts. It works like a charm! I highly recommend this for anyone running one of these filters.
 
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