I got this email from Bill:
“Subject: Proper Set up
I am running a Fluval 206 canister filter on a way overstocked Cichlid
tank. I ordered 1kg of the biohome ultra plus this Sunday. I just
wanted to know if I ordered enough, and the proper way to set up the
filter. Right now my Ammonia is at .25ppm, and the Nitrates are about
60ppm. My water is around 40ppm from the tap. Any help or comments
will be greatly appreciated!
Actually you ordered Ultimate, which is a great choice. Ultra’s too big for a canister and Plus is an older media that would work, but I usually recommend it for HOBs because of its smaller size. There isn’t anything called Ultra Plus.
Anyway, it looks like the 206 will only hold about 1.5 kgs of Ultimate so you did pretty well. If the 206 is like the 406s I have, the mechanical filtration (foam) is pretty good. Not much need to improve on that. If the polishing mat is on top of the trays, I’d move that down to the top of the bottom tray, if it will fit or on the bottom of the second tray.
I’m pretty sure the Ultimate will handle your ammonia, but may not touch your nitrates. You need between 1.5-2 kgs of Biohome per 26 gallons to reduce nitrates. In your case since you’re heavily stocked probably want to lean towards 2 kgs.
You may need to consider getting another larger filter. Hope this helps. Thanks for the order. It should go out tomorrow.
If you decide you want to get some more and place the order soon, I can combine them and potentially save you some shipping.”
A couple of weeks later I got this report from Bill: