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Post Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 8:32 pm   question about my filter setup?

I have the penn plax 1500 and its been running for about a month and it has been fantastic zero complaints really a great product. however coming up on a month and I am looking at ordering filter replacments and was wondering if I should put a bag of ceramic rings in with the filters? it has four baskets 3 filter 1 bio media. two more questions: should I replace the bio media sponge or just lightly rinse it out because it already has essential bacteria in it and two where do I put the ceramic rings on the top or bottom of the filter?
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Post Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 12:07 pm   Re: question about my filter setup?

What's the bio media sponge? That comes with the filter?

Generally you do not need their "special" filter media, aside from mechanical media (foam). Even that might be replaceable if you can find a generic that fits. You can remove it and let the filter cycle again... it's usually quick.
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Post Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 8:58 pm   Re: question about my filter setup?

It's like this black sponge that came with the white media. You have opinions on the ceramic ring?
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Post Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 9:02 pm   Re: question about my filter setup?

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Post Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 7:22 am   Re: question about my filter setup?

I'd just get regular ceramic or bio glass media.
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Post Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 6:55 am   Re: question about my filter setup?

No need to replace sponges. Just rinse in tank water. They last years. Even if your manual tells you to replace them. Ceramic rings work great. Also clean them in tank water. Do you use any carbon or purigen?
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:21 pm   Re: question about my filter setup?

I use a bag of carbon as well. another question do I also replace the carbon along with the filter media??
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:45 am   Re: question about my filter setup?

Usually... I change it out every 1-2 months.
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:54 am   Re: question about my filter setup?

I replace carbon monthly.
1 Male Mississippi Map/Mississippi
1 Female RES/Slidy.
1 DBT White Concentric Female/ Lucky
1 DBT Male/ Spots
(Housed in the same tank)

300 gallon indoor stock tank, FX6 & FX5 filters. Mega-Ray 100w UVB bulb.
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