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i tried coffee filters full of carbon, with a zip tie to close them. it worked for a little while, but eventually the coffee filters broke down and fell apart. now im thinking of usuing a thin cloth, like maybe cut sections of a plain white
T-shirt. but im worried about detergents in the shirt.

Has anyone tried this? i could use some thoughts on the detergent problem.
 

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If you rinse the shirt, and rinse with a couple batches of fresh water you can easily remove any detergents from a shirt. Or, you can get steaping(tea) bags. You can get like four 3''x2'' bags four a couple bucks. They're usually cloth bags.
 

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Lol
Good idea
 

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Soak your tshirts in water with a little vinegar and the vinegar will break down the soap. Then rinse a few times and you should be good
 

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Why not just use the little mesh bags that most SW folks use for carbon and resins. You can get them in a couple of different sizes. They are reasonably cheap and readily available. I use them in all of my Aquaclear filters and my sumps, as its a bit cheaper than using the pre-filled cartridges that you buy. Just a suggestion if you havent already thought of it...
 

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or you could just leave the carbon out completely, since it isn't necessary for daily operation of your filter.
 
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