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Filter Media: Fluval FX5/FX6 Media


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Fluval FX5 User Manual
Fluval FX6 User Manual

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Fluval FX5 and FX6 Aquarium Filter Parts

The only filter media included with the FX5/6 is the Fluval FX5 Replacement Foam Inserts. You might consider these following products--also listed on this page--for the three baskets in your FX5/6 filter.

1. The Top Media Basket
Pre-Filter, Carbon, and Zeo-Carb--all available for ordering on this page--are all options for screening small particles from the water. Pre-Filter is inert, acting solely to create a screen. Carbon removes dyes, medications, and solubilized wastes that a simple screen cannot. Zeo-Carb removes ammonia; it is often used in beginning setups to keep initial ammonia spikes lower than would occur naturally.

Ammonia Remover and the Polishing pads, both available for ordering on this page, can also be used in the top basket.

2. Middle Media Basket
The middle media basket is useful for chemically modifying water.

The middle chamber is a good place to begin the biological reduction process as well. Many media types provide both mechanical filtering and biological treatment, creating an excellent environment for beneficial bacteria to proliferate. Even many chemical compounds will support colonies of bacteria. With the primary mechanical purification of the water stream occurring in the foam inserts, it is typical to load additional biological media into the middle media basket. BioMax and extra Carbon or Ammonia Remover are commonly used. This is also the place where more exotic media, chosen for a specific application, can be used.

The Polishing Pad can also be used in the middle media basket.

3. Bottom Media Basket
This basket receives the purest water stream, making it the proper place for dedicated biological media. Placed here, BioMax, for example, provides optimal biological power in a very compact ring. With a multitude of pores perforating both the surface and the internal matrix, it is an ideal substrate for this position. To capture any small particles remaining in the water before it reaches this final stage of filtration, consider layering a Polishing Pad, a fine mechanical filter, on top of any biological or chemical media placed in the bottom basket. This will prevent the clogging of the delicate pores of the media used here, enhancing the useful life.

The Fine Filter Pad can be used in conjunction with the Polishing Pad.
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Fluval Carbon, 3 X 100 Gram Packs (Fluval A1440) Fluval Carbon, 3 X 100 Gram Packs (Fluval A1440)

Product Code: RHG11440
Fluval Carbon is a premium, low-ash and highly porous carbon that is highly effective at removing heavy metals, odors, discolorations, organic contaminants and pollutants from aquarium water.

  • Fluval Part# A1440
  • Chemical filter media. 3 x 100 g (3.5 oz) carbon nylon bags.
  • For all Fluval Canister Filters
  • Removes trace metals toxic to sensitive fish, organic contaminants, discolorations and odors
  • Creates sparkling, crystal clear water
  • Made of bituminous carbon long lasting, highly porous and absorbent
  • Provides large surface area for adsorption of impurities
  • Will not raise phosphate levels
  • For best results, replace every 4 weeks

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Fluval Aquatic Peat, 500 Grams  (Fluval A1465) Fluval Aquatic Peat, 500 Grams (Fluval A1465)

Product Code: RHG11465
Fluval Aquatic Peat is recommended for fish that prefer soft, acidic water (i.e. Amazonian cichlids, discus, angelfish). They not only provide a natural way to soften aquarium water, but also help achieve pH levels that are needed for breeding certain tropical species.

  • Fluval Part# A1465
  • Chemical filter media. 500 grams.
  • For all Fluval Canister Filters
  • Recommended for fish that prefer soft, acidic water
  • Contains humic acid, tanning agents and trace elements that are essential for various life processes
  • Highly concentrated for maximum effectiveness

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Fluval Pre-Filter Media, 750 grams (Fluval A1470) Fluval Pre-Filter Media, 750 grams (Fluval A1470)

Product Code: RHG11470
Fluval Pre-Filter Media is designed to capture solid waste particles before they reach other media and clog prematurely.

  • Fluval Part# A1470
  • Mechanical filter media. 750 grams.
  • For all Fluval Canister Filters
  • For freshwater and marine environments
  • Prevents finer filter media from clogging too soon and extends their life
  • Reduces media replacement frequency
  • Ideal for medium and coarse filtration

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Fluval Ammonia Remover 3 Pack Fluval A-1480 Fluval Ammonia Remover 3 Pack (Fluval A1480)

Product Code: RHG11480
The Fluval Ammonia Remover 3 Pack is a natural ion-exchange media designed to remove toxic ammonia as water passes over it.

  • Fluval Part# A1480
  • For all Fluval Canister Filters
  • For freshwater use only
  • Chemical filter media. Each of the three packets is 180 grams.
  • Controlling ammonia levels creates a safe environment and reduces stress on fish
  • Particularly useful when setting up a new aquarium or for those with heavy fish stock

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Fluval Ammonia Remover 1600 Grams (Fluval A1486) Fluval Ammonia Remover 1600 Grams (Fluval A1486)

Product Code: RHG11486
Fluval Ammonia Remover 1600 Grams is a natural ion-exchange media designed to remove toxic ammonia as water passes over it.

  • Fluval Part# A1486
  • For all Fluval Canister Filters
  • For freshwater use only
  • Chemical filter media
  • Controlling ammonia levels creates a safe environment and reduces stress on fish
  • Particularly useful when setting up a new aquarium or for those with heavy fish stock

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Fluval Zeo-Carb, 3 X 150 grams (Fluval A1490) Fluval Zeo-Carb, 3 X 150 grams (Fluval A1490)

Product Code: RHG11490
Fluval Zeo-Carb is a premium blend of Fluval Carbon and Ammonia Remover that eliminate water impurities, odors and discoloration, while simultaneously removing toxic ammonia.

  • Fluval Part# A1490
  • Chemical filter media. 3 X 150 gram packs.
  • For all Fluval Canister Filters
  • For freshwater use only
  • Frees up space inside the filter to include additional media if desired
  • Helps create clean and healthy water conditions

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Fluval Zeo-Carb, 6 X 150 grams (Fluval A1490) Fluval Zeo-Carb, 6 X 150 grams (Fluval A1490)

Product Code: RHG11490-Bndl
TWO PACKS of the Fluval Zeo-Carb, 3 X 150 grams.

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Fluval BioMax Media 500 grams (Fluval A1456) Fluval BioMax Media 500 grams (Fluval A1456)

Product Code: RHG11456
Fluval BioMax Media rings have a complex porous design that ensures optimal contact time as water passes by for efficient biological filtration and beneficial bacteria growth.

  • Fluval Part# A1456
  • 500 grams
  • Biological filter media
  • For freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • For all Fluval Canister Filters
  • Greater capacity than most biological filter media
  • Also helps reduce and control ammonia and nitrate

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