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Old 03-30-2006, 12:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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many of us know that companies like to jack up prices just because they label something as "aquarium use". this is mostly an informative post, and feel free to add money saving ideas.

"Filter Floss" = Pillow Batting -buy at local craft store cheap, lasts forever!
"Filter Pad" = Upholstery/Quilt Batting -same as above

any other ideas welcome.
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Lava rock from the landscaping store instead of those ceramic circular things…. Most of the time when you say you only want one bucket load they will ask “well where is the dump truck?” and then you respond NO! One of these buckets (holding up a 5 gal bucket) they laugh and say ya sure go ahead and don’t even charge you…
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i thought i had read or heard somewhere that lava rock can mess with your water parameters. dont remember which ones though.
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This time of year is great for picking up filter material. The day after Easter, every place will have gobs of plastic Easter grass for essentially nothing. I use it in all the power filters I set up and in one chamber of my canisters. It's perfect biological filter media -- plenty of surface area, no depth.
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i thought i had read or heard somewhere that lava rock can mess with your water parameters. dont remember which ones though.

LoL uuuu oh.... anyone want to elaborate on this? Should I be looking at taking my filter apart....
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i looked around for any posts about the lava rock issue, i didn't see anything bad. guess i was wrong. i guess i would only be concerned about it for scaping, fish getting hurt on the sharp edges.
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