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    Default Looking for a Substitute for Expensive Filter Floss in My Canister Filters

    Hi,

    I originally posted this more than 2 years ago but didn't act and now some of the sources listed from the original post are out of business.

    Ready to act now as expensive Blur Ribbon filter floss, even purchased in bulk, is something I'd like to have a better alternative for.

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    Default Re: Looking for a Substitute for Expensive Filter Floss in My Canister Filters

    Hi Stu, I use cotton batting used in Quilting. I try to avoid any which is fire retardant as I am not sure whether it could cause an issue with the fish. Try Joann's Fabrics or Walmart.
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    Default Re: Looking for a Substitute for Expensive Filter Floss in My Canister Filters

    Wal-Mart also carries the synthetic batting which I use, Willie
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    Default Re: Looking for a Substitute for Expensive Filter Floss in My Canister Filters

    I bought it at Michael's craft store. Poly-fill for quilting or cushions, like Pat said. Came in an 18x18x2 in sheet, or close. I ordered a large roll once years ago. I'm strictly sponges now.

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    Default Re: Looking for a Substitute for Expensive Filter Floss in My Canister Filters

    45ppi Poret Foam that you never ever ever clean. Buy it once and forget about it.

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    Default Re: Looking for a Substitute for Expensive Filter Floss in My Canister Filters

    Thanks all!

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    Default Re: Looking for a Substitute for Expensive Filter Floss in My Canister Filters

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesW View Post
    45ppi Poret Foam that you never ever ever clean. Buy it once and forget about it.
    James,
    What thickness do you use? I have 2 eheim 2217s that I use a puro-kleen filter pad along with a 50 micron pad for polishing. Will this foam be as effective?

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    thanks,
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    Default Re: Looking for a Substitute for Expensive Filter Floss in My Canister Filters

    I use 3" each of 10, 20 and 30 ppi Poret foam in my sump and see next to no drop in the water level aka flow resistance across 9" of foam. I haven't taken one out for cleaning in more than 6 months. That is all the filtration I use and in my opinion is very effective.

    If you talk to Stephan at Swiss tropicals he will lead you the right way. I had a very complex sump design in mind and he convinced me to go with something much simpler, easier to maintain and effective.

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    Default Re: Looking for a Substitute for Expensive Filter Floss in My Canister Filters

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesW View Post
    I use 3" each of 10, 20 and 30 ppi Poret foam in my sump and see next to no drop in the water level aka flow resistance across 9" of foam. I haven't taken one out for cleaning in more than 6 months. That is all the filtration I use and in my opinion is very effective.

    If you talk to Stephan at Swiss tropicals he will lead you the right way. I had a very complex sump design in mind and he convinced me to go with something much simpler, easier to maintain and effective.
    thanks for the feed back. I'll contact him.

    jim

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    Default Re: Looking for a Substitute for Expensive Filter Floss in My Canister Filters

    I would not recommend any filtration system that you cannot clean for raising discus. I've plenty of experience with Poret sponges, but do not use them in discus tanks. Disposal floss is going to get you the highest quality water.

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    Default Re: Looking for a Substitute for Expensive Filter Floss in My Canister Filters

    Quote Originally Posted by Willie View Post
    I would not recommend any filtration system that you cannot clean for raising discus. I've plenty of experience with Poret sponges, but do not use them in discus tanks. Disposal floss is going to get you the highest quality water.

    Willie
    That's good to know, Willie. I use mostly small pore sponges now but always wished that I had enough money to switch over to Poret foam. Perhaps I'm better off sticking with what I have
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    Default Re: Looking for a Substitute for Expensive Filter Floss in My Canister Filters

    Thanks Willie.

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