Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:20 am
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:47 pm
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:45 am
Bobsled wrote:I just got mine a few days ago. I plan on using Seachem Matrix in mine tho. Still awaiting for it to arrive (taking forever). Going to set it up the Pondguru way (lowest basket - Mech. top 3 baskets Matrix).
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:17 pm
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:41 pm
AV8TOR wrote:Bobsled wrote:I just got mine a few days ago. I plan on using Seachem Matrix in mine tho. Still awaiting for it to arrive (taking forever). Going to set it up the Pondguru way (lowest basket - Mech. top 3 baskets Matrix).
Super Bob as Matrix is what I am looking to us as well. I would be curious how much weight you get in each tray. Lately I’m thinking of using two SunSun 302’s instead of one 304. I will clean them on different cycles.
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:57 pm
doosty wrote:Ok, so I want to put out the disclaimer regarding this canister. I really hope it works out for you.
Some things to be aware of beforehand:
1. Filter hose fits VERY tightly on quick disconnect shutoff valve. The intake and outflow on shutoff are weak at the elbow, meaning if you continuously twist hose or try wrestling them on and off, there is a good chance plastic will crack (happened to me). You can get new disconnect shutoff valves from eBay for like $8-$9. You may want to consider a way of reinforcing the elbows (possibly bond some marine-grade epoxy around the elbow for added reinforcement, or plumbers tape.
2. The plastic wings that snap head in place are flimsy. Handle with care. Also make sure to put vasoline on o-ring before operation, or else it will leak like a MF in weeks, not months or years.
I had a nice setup as far as filtration: I used ceramic pre-filter at bottom, course and medium sponge on bottom tray, with some fine sponge at bottom of 2nd tray with a mix of Biomax and Hydroton in the first two trays.
Mother Earth Hydroton is by far and away the best value bio media I have used to-date. Tons of surface area at a fraction of the cost of industry products. It really is phenomenal and at around $20 and free shipping per 10L on eBay a great price.
Biohome is a rip off. If you are going to buy a sub $60 canister, I don’t get putting in overpriced media.
If you have issues with HW304B, you may want to consider Fluval 306. It of course is 4x more expensive, but also 4x less a hassle and better at circulating water through your tank imo.