Help! Filter Media!

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by Bailey Oswald, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    Hi! I need help with a DIY filter media that I can put in my submerged filter. It is a tetra whisper filter. The reason i am asking this is because the "bio-bags" it comes with rip pretty easily and also have carbon in it, which I wish to get away from. Also, I thought I'd like to try it. I had put a new bag in a month (?) ago (kept cycled bag in too) and just took them out to rinse them in tank water to find that the new one had a huge rip. The old one has a small year I already knew about.
    The DIY media will be used with the blue thing in the pictures below.

    I will use a cycled bag in conjunction with the new media until it is cycled.

  2. maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    That rough thing is for beneficial bacteria, I think. You can use a combination of coarse sponge and floss in the pocket. Just cut to fit and adjust as necessary to suit your preferred output flow rate.

  3. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    I believe it is for beneficial bacteria but I'm not sure.
    What do you mean by floss?

  4. maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    Polyfill, like quilt batting. You can buy it at the pet store or go to a craft store and get enough to last you for ages for the same price.
  5. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    I have a big bag of polyester fiberfill, is that good?
    For the sponge, are there any to stay away from/any you would recommend? 8cf811fb11b7d0cdc1f7ff7fcb9be995.jpg068a4045558d6961921ede1ab9847549.jpg
  6. maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    That's the stuff. Honestly? I buy which ever sponge is on the cheap. I cut down big sponges for small filters, and so on. I do stick to ones bought at the lfs, just because hardware store or other big box sourced sponges can be treated with chemicals.
  7. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    I'll have to look for some sponges. Could I just stick in some fiberfill in with the rough thing and a cycled bag until i get a sponge?
  8. maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    Sure. Absolutely.
  9. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    Thank you!
  10. maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    You're very welcome!
  11. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    My brother has this "air filter" he said he'd sell me cheap. It's supposed to remove fumes. Would this help with filtration/be safe? c829422147beaf167925869b51954b58.jpgd33f1703bb437e4ee7e9a60abab2e880.jpg458e4c82f96b350446cc94c396f1702e.jpg
  12. FashoogaFishlore VIPMember

    Filter floss is just a way to polish the water of impurities.

    You could try buying a sponge like aquaclear which sells cheap. I think you could use pot scrubs.
  13. maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    That looks like it would strain some things out of the water column, but ... IDK. I seems like the last roll of media I bought at the lfs cost between 5 and 8 dollars, and it was meant to be used in canister filters (I used it in HOBs. Don't tell on me.)

    It's probably fine, but do you want to risk your fish on an unknown?
  14. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    No, I was just wondering.
  15. Fish-whisperValued MemberMember

    When you use air filter mat you really need to be sure it's not treated, air filter could be treated with mold-mildew preventive chemicals.
  16. maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    That's a very good point.

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