Advice on filter media setup

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Advice on filter media setup

Post by mattyh »

Hi I recently set up a 100 gallon tank and am running a cascade 1200 and cascade 1500, looking for advice on how to set each one u in regards to filter media, any recommendations would be helpful to get the most out my filters and keep the water in good condition. The tank is stocked with a variety of south American cichlids. I have experience but not with this much filtration and this large of a tank. Thank you in advance for your advice
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Re: Advice on filter media setup

Post by smitty »

I am not familiar with the Cascade filters, but I will say that most canister filters I come across or have helped people with I generally swap out the material for mostly Eheim material, except where it will not work. If it is material that will keep digging into the wallet when it is time to replace it is with the Eheim material.
150gal- Dovi's; 3 AC 110 P.Filters; 2 AC 110 P.Heads; Eheim 2217,2260
180gal- Managuense; 3 AC 110 P.Filters; 2 AC 110 P.Heads; Eheim 2217,2260; FX5
210gal- Argta,Bifsct,Fnstrtus,Maculcda,Regani,Syns,Zntus; 4 AC P.Filters; 2 AC P.Hds; Eheim 2250,2262; FX5
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Re: Advice on filter media setup

Post by zenins »


Generally, for canister filters, the water flows into the canister and down the outside of the media baskets.
Then the water is drawn up through the media baskets and returned to the aquarium.
You should have coarse filter media first, like a sponge, that can be easily rinsed, because it will trap the largest debris,
and by first, I mean in the lowest basket in the bottom of the filter.
Then in the next basket, you should have filter media that will host the nitrifying bacteria culture, this could be filter floss,
ceramic media, bio balls, plastic scrubbies, or anything that has a large surface area to host bacteria.
In the last (top) basket, will be the finest filter media like a fine sponge or a sheet of finishing filter media to trap fine particles
before the water is returned to the aquarium.

Here is an internal diagram of your canisters:

Since you have two canisters, try cleaning them a month or two apart to make sure there is a thriving bacterial colony in your system.
If your tap water has chloramine or chlorine in it, make sure you treat the water in a bucket first before using that water to rinse the
filter media or fill up the canister before returning it to service.

Good Luck with your South American cichlids and large aquarium :)
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