Poly -fill for filter ?

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by Angels4, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

    Can anyone post a pic of how you fill your filter with the poly-fill?

    Do you use them all the time or just as a polisher?

    Thank you .
     
  2. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    I just stuff polyfill in the HOB filter chamber. I use it all the time - it's good for trapping waste.
     
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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

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    This is what I am using and 1 tank is a little murky , am I using it right ?? I recently took the carbon filters out .

    Water parameters are perfect , I checked this morning , 0 ammonia , 0 nitrite ,ph 6.5.

    Lots of live plants.
    The biomax media is down below, there was no room anywhere else .

    This is a 36g tall , 40 quite flow HOB filter .
     




    Last edited: Jul 5, 2016
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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

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    Here is the tank , it's not real bad but not crystal clear like my tank 2.
     
  5. BluMan1914

    BluMan1914 Well Known Member Member

    It may be that the tank is sitting in front of a window.
     
  6. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    What's the nitrate level? If you replaced the previous media you lost some of your beneficial bacteria and the cloudiness could be a bacterial bloom.
     
  7. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    As far as I know, Aqueon Quietflow HOB's have a 30 and 55 but not a 40. What's the gph on yours? If this is the only filter, you may be underfiltered for your tank size which might also be the issue.
     
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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

    Filter came with the tank
    .nitrites is 0...parameters are posted In this thread .

    It is by a window but I keep blinds closed from about 12 till dark ...no signs of algae in tank at all .
     
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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

    Ok , I found the problem ...the filter did not come with the tank and it's a quite flow 30 ...I don't know why I did that ...tomorrow I up grade to the 50...they do have a new 50 size .
     
  10. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    The 50 turns over 250 gph which would still be a little underfiltered. You could keep the 30 and add another 30 for a total of 400 gph.

    We were looking for nitrATes as well. You provided nitrITes.
     
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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

    When I had the carbon in the filter it wasn't an issue , I took the carbon out and now it's an issue .
     
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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

    I don't have room for another filter .
     
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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

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    What about this one ?
     
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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

    What about the pic of how I am using the filter pads , is it to much , in correctly ?
     
  16. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    That filter would be much better to use. Your way of modifying the filter is just fine! If carbon was helping your water look clearer, you can go ahead and add it by buying it separately and putting some in a media bag. But hopefully, a more powerful filter along with filter pads you added will help without the use of carbon.

    You still didn't provide NITRATES - the end phase of the nitrogen cycle. :)
     
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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

    Thank you el1337,I don't want to use carbon ,my live plants have really taken off since I took the carbon out .
    Nitrates are 10.
     
  18. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    Just remember to move your existing media over to the new filter so you don't lose your cycle.
     
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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

    I installed a second new filter , now I know why I got only 1 of the quite flow 30...the box says for up to tank size 45g and this tank is 36g so I thought 1 would be enough.
    Also, new problem ...adding the second filter now the water is moving more and Angels like it more still ...I will watch over the next few days and see .
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2016
  20. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    You could always baffle the flow if it's too strong.
     




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