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Preferred filtration media for canister filters

Dork Fish

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I picked up a Fluval FX4 today and am interested if everyone used the supplied media from the start or if they hotrod it somehow.

For example, how good are the white sponges and ceramic rings that come in the FX4 instead of other media in the same location?

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I just wanted to share this for the sake of it being any benefit.

I don't want to say that you need to use a certain type of media.  Rings, the stuff above, matrix, lava rock, or what was included in the box, I think they all can get the job done, but the main goal here is to just set it up and make sure it works.  The FX series isn't cheap and it's the type of thing where the goal is to have something that just works. 

If it was me personally, I would run it as is for at least 6 months and see how you like everything.  If the media breaks down a bit quicker than you'd like, there are options of course.

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