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View Poll Results: What Bio Filter Medias are you using?

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  • Biohome

    67 36.61%
  • Eheim Substrat Pro

    56 30.60%
  • Mr Aqua CR

    20 10.93%
  • Power House

    5 2.73%
  • DAZ CR

    0 0%
  • Seachem Matrix

    43 23.50%
  • ADA Bio Rio

    16 8.74%
  • Others

    16 8.74%
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Thread: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

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    What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

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    I've enabled the poll to include multiple votes due to the fact that most of us use 2 or 3 different brands of medias. But what i would really like to know is what is your favourite Bio Filter Media and why?
    Last edited by aquarius; 4th May 2012 at 19:18.
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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Eheim Lav. I use this over other bio-media, since it doesn't cost a bomb like Biohome and does a decent job with filtration on its own.
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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Using Biohomme plus for my marine tank with no live rock.
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    Matrix, biohome and substrat pro
    Rearing L-numbers : 3 x semi adult L333, 7 x Adult L66, 1 x 10" L190, 1 x 4" L027 XP, 10 Adult L46, 2 adult L273
    Filtration : 1 x Eheim 2075, 1 x Eheim 2032
    Media : Substrat pro, Mech pro, Bio mech pro, Biohome, Matrix, ehfi lav

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Hi, i was just wondering what are the differences between all these brands? has anyone tested the efficiency between all this brand?

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Yes, and I thought it would be better if this discussion is about the types of media rather than what brand is better.

    It would be more useful to discuss the merits of the various types of media, eg. ceramic cylinders, porous gravel. cylindrical porous media, plastic bio-balls, coarse filter sponge pads, sintered glass, etc.

    Of course we are only talking about bio media here, ie. the stage after all the mechanical particle-filtering or prefiltering stages.

    Quote Originally Posted by ciaossu View Post
    Hi, i was just wondering what are the differences between all these brands? has anyone tested the efficiency between all this brand?



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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    When looking for Bio-medias, it can be quite confusing with so many brands to choose from. To make matters worst, alot of the brands don't tell you the specific surface area of their media on their packaging and those that do, comes with measurements/infos that are not standardized. So it makes quick comparisons VERY confusing and difficult when you are at the LFS unless you go online to check and do some calculations before you're able to distinguish which brand has more surface area or is better. For me my favourite is Biohome which i bought many yrs back because based on the available infos that the few brands do provide on their packaging, Biohome seems to me at that time to have the largest surface area as compared to the other brands. But after doing a more detailed comparisons now, Seachem Matrix seems to be the Best. Below are some infos on the packaging of 3 good brands of medias.....

    1. Seachem Matrix - a) 500ml treats 200L of water
    b) 1L provides >~700meter sq of surface area
    c) Can cultivate Nitrifying and Denitrifying bacteria

    2. Eheim Sub Pro - 450sqmeter/L

    3. Biohome - a) Can treat 3tons of water with 1kg/1.25L
    b) 1kg/1.25L = 7300sq ft
    c) Can cultivate Nitrifying and Denitrifying bacteria

    Based on simple comparisons on point (a) ~
    Secham Matrix - 1L of media treats 400L of water
    Biohome - 1kg/1.25L of media treats 3000L of water
    OR 1L of media treats 2400L of water
    Eheim Sub Pro - N.A

    Point (b)
    Seachem Matrix - 1L of media provides 7535sq ft of surface area
    Eheim Sub Pro - 1L of media provides 4844sq ft of surface area
    Biohome - 1kg/1.25L of media provides 7300sq ft of surface area
    OR 1L of media provides 5840sq ft of surface area

    Point (c)
    Seachem Matrix - Can cultivate both Nitrifying and Denitrifying bacteria
    Eheim - N.A
    Biohome - Can cultivate both Nitrifying and Denitrifying bacteria

    I hope i got my calculations correct. Please don't flame me if they are not correct.

    By the way there is a product review on Seachem Matrix on this link http://theaquaticgazette.com/2012/03/08/seachem-matrix/
    Last edited by aquarius; 5th May 2012 at 18:50.
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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    wow thanks for the details. anyway, does it mean that the largest the sq ft surface area the better the BB is cultivated or rather the amount of BB that is cultivated are alot more? i don't really get what you mean by "Secham Matrix - 1L of media treats 400L of water"? anyway, this thread is very good for beginner and those who's interested about filter media. thanks for the effort

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    It appears that Sintered Glass has the greatest surface area among all biomedia at the moment, hence it costs a bomb.

    Quote Originally Posted by ciaossu View Post
    wow thanks for the details. anyway, does it mean that the largest the sq ft surface area the better the BB is cultivated or rather the amount of BB that is cultivated are alot more? i don't really get what you mean by "Secham Matrix - 1L of media treats 400L of water"? anyway, this thread is very good for beginner and those who's interested about filter media. thanks for the effort



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    Matrix is not a singered glass media. It is natural porous rock. It is cheper than substrat pro and biohome.
    Rearing L-numbers : 3 x semi adult L333, 7 x Adult L66, 1 x 10" L190, 1 x 4" L027 XP, 10 Adult L46, 2 adult L273
    Filtration : 1 x Eheim 2075, 1 x Eheim 2032
    Media : Substrat pro, Mech pro, Bio mech pro, Biohome, Matrix, ehfi lav

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    ciaossu ~ The larger the surface area, the more BBs it can colonise on the media to help breakdown fish waste. This means that you can stock higher quantities of fishes in your tank. "Seachem Matrix - 1L of media treats 400L of water" means for 1L of Seachem Matrix bio-media it can treat 400L of tank water. The 1L, 2L etc etc refers to the amount of media in the packaging..... for some brands, the packaging indicates kg instead of litres but they should be about the same.

    Some Ceremic Rings that comes in a pack with no brand name and is cheap, looks very porous but the quality feels brittle. I believe it'll crumble after sometime of usage but they are good if you're on a tight budget and want to use it on a temporary basis.

    But if you need good quality and affordable biomedias, go get MrAqua ceramic rings cos they look very porous and from online info, for a 1L Small Sized CR it has 600meter sq or 6458sq ft of surface area while the Medium Sized CR has 500meter sq or 5382sq ft. Hmmm.... strange thing was that when i was looking at MrAqua CR when i was at C328 quite some time back, i didn't see anywhere on the box that tells me how much surface area it has.
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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Currently using these in my sump tank:
    - ANS Bacteria House
    - ANS Mini Bacteria House
    - Mr Aqua Ceramic Ring
    - ANS Ceramic Ring

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Quote Originally Posted by aquarius View Post
    ciaossu ~ The larger the surface area, the more BBs it can colonise on the media to help breakdown fish waste. This means that you can stock higher quantities of fishes in your tank. "Seachem Matrix - 1L of media treats 400L of water" means for 1L of Seachem Matrix bio-media it can treat 400L of tank water. The 1L, 2L etc etc refers to the amount of media in the packaging..... for some brands, the packaging indicates kg instead of litres but they should be about the same.

    Some Ceremic Rings that comes in a pack with no brand name and is cheap, looks very porous but the quality feels brittle. I believe it'll crumble after sometime of usage but they are good if you're on a tight budget and want to use it on a temporary basis.

    But if you need good quality and affordable biomedias, go get MrAqua ceramic rings cos they look very porous and from online info, for a 1L Small Sized CR it has 600meter sq or 6458sq ft of surface area while the Medium Sized CR has 500meter sq or 5382sq ft. Hmmm.... strange thing was that when i was looking at MrAqua CR when i was at C328 quite some time back, i didn't see anywhere on the box that tells me how much surface area it has.
    thanks for the clarification

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    I use bio home plus. But I heard I forget who say that the biohome will like slowly clock up Then it will require washing

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    K1 media plastic media is the way no worried of a bad batch of ceramic or balls.

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Quote Originally Posted by .Hack View Post
    Currently using these in my sump tank:
    - ANS Bacteria House
    - ANS Mini Bacteria House
    - Mr Aqua Ceramic Ring
    - ANS Ceramic Ring
    I know it is cheap but I would watch the ph when using ANS. Till now
    They have not answer me why a media product looking like ehiem substrate pro raise my ph.

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    Sponge. Definitely inert.

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Quote Originally Posted by cheetf View Post
    Sponge. Definitely inert.
    Yeah but no space if got spam!!!

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    You put luncheon meat in your filter? hahaha, don't really get what you are saying bro.

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    LOLS NOT LUNCHMEAT!
    I mean if I had space( in my tank) i would spam alot of sponges because cheap
    But due to space constraint I use bio home plus for my 2224

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