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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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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

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    Do not handle the block too often as it gets brittle as time goes by , you might break it the next time you handle it .
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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Quote Originally Posted by BFG View Post
    Do not handle the block too often as it gets brittle as time goes by , you might break it the next time you handle it .
    Yup, not going to touch it often as I felt the edges shed/break off a little while i removed it that day during cleaning.
    Hopefully, i will touch it less than once a year.

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    All kinds of biomedia serve only one function, which is to provide a suitable platform for good bacteria to cling on to.
    The more surface area available, the more bacteria can reside within. Since bacteria builds up in time, they will clog up the tiny pores in certain media, making it difficult for water to flow through to nourish the bacteria. Because of this, I prefer simple ceramic rings or similarly structured media, my favourite being small-sized ceramic rings.

    Another of my favourite medium is sponge. With sufficient water pressure to effect good flowthrough it is a wonderful medium.

    I never clean the buildup on my media except to siphon up the muck settled on the bottom, since the buildup on media are dense with bacteria.



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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Lava rock cheap cheap good for budget fish keeper.
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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    though slightly off topic,
    I just would like to check with follow hobbyists on effectiveness of eheim Mech pro or any brand ceramic rings for mechanical filtration. are these useful?
    every time i clean the filter I wonder what good they are doing in the filter I don't see any dirt or debris in those compartments, I feel coarse filter foam is much better than these rings.
    I already removed these rings from 2080 and planning to replace it with a coarse foam or sponge in my 2075.

    any thoughts?

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    I have previously used ehiem mech pro with my ehiem filter and I am now using Azoo media in a sump tank. To be honest, I am not able to provide an independent assessment which of these two are better because I can't setup controls properly to do the comparison. (However there is an interesting thread over at plantedtank.net 'Matrix without Seachem' where a guy tried to measure the difference between Seachem Matrix and normal pumice stones.)

    But I am beginning to subscribe to the theory that since we can't decide which media has got more surface areas therefore I am adopting the approach used by some of the hobbyists here and elsewhere - which is to over-filter. Do check out this - http://www.oscarfish.com/water/179-a...lony-size.html

    Also different mechanical media have different functions. I used coarse wool at the start of the filtering so that I can trap the large particles and prevent them from clogging the surface areas of my other media.

    Thereafter the rest of the filtering compartments are filled with as much filter media as I can put in so that they provide the housing for the bacteria.

    Sorry to OP.. did not mean to hijack the thread. Just wanted to share as I am also on the eternal quest to hunt for the best media!

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    Last edited by SGDiscus; 4th Jan 2017 at 16:04. Reason: Left out some pointers.

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    @SGDiscus

    I absolutely agree with your ideas about 'over-filtering'. Actually, I tend to think that there's no such thing as 'over-filtering'. To me, having a huge reserve capacity of surface area, as in a big sump, is a plus. When the bioload is low, excess bacteria simply dies off. When the bioload increases, thus creating more available nutriment, the bacteria colonies will propagate accordingly. Thus, a big sump is the ultimate in fish water filtering.



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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Quote Originally Posted by tetrakid View Post
    @SGDiscus

    I absolutely agree with your ideas about 'over-filtering'. Actually, I tend to think that there's no such thing as 'over-filtering'. To me, having a huge reserve capacity of surface area, as in a big sump, is a plus. When the bioload is low, excess bacteria simply dies off. When the bioload increases, thus creating more available nutriment, the bacteria colonies will propagate accordingly. Thus, a big sump is the ultimate in fish water filtering.
    Sump is good, i agree with you. But occasionally need to suck up the dirt that build up over time. I just dont like the water level of the sump and tank. Need to align properly and easily overflow.

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Yes, the most pekchek thing about sumps is the water overflow and flooding in the event of pump failure. It is possible to create a vertical sump with two tall barrels, with one barrel acting as a standby overflow receptical.

    If I have a sump, I will not suck up the bottom dirt, because I treat that dirt as a precious adfitional medium for bacteria. Since the sump is hidden from view, that dirt won't make any difference.



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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Digress a bit, which is the same reason why i opted for a overflow system and my inflow (oppsite end) have a small hole drilled to create airlock in case of pump failure.

    Return compartment with the max lvl operating water lvls marked.

    Only downside is the bottom of the tank under the overflow will accumulate debris from the wave maker under the overflow. Still trying to slove this , i even added a eheim internal filter there.



    Purigen is also a good addition.

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    Internal filter in the sump? Wow, can post a picture of your sump setup? I also mark my water level lol. Trying to align the water level.

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    Quote Originally Posted by skytan View Post
    Digress a bit, which is the same reason why i opted for a overflow system and my inflow (oppsite end) have a small hole drilled to create airlock in case of pump failure.

    Return compartment with the max lvl operating water lvls marked.

    Only downside is the bottom of the tank under the overflow will accumulate debris from the wave maker under the overflow. Still trying to slove this , i even added a eheim internal filter there.



    Purigen is also a good addition.
    Nice. I agree with you. My tank maker also has a hole drilled to break the siphon. Also he measured properly so that the return compartment is enough to handle when the pump stops. In fact, i always switched off the pump when I change water.

    I also added an internal filter (cheap one) at the return compartment for final filtering.



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    I just bought biohome to replace my normal ceramic rings in canister filter. Seachem matrix claim 1L treat 200L water, S$19. Biohome claim 300g treat 900L water, S$10. Not sure which is better, but decided to try biohome.

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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    There are 4 types of Biohomme available as far as I know . Cant remember the type though as I have not been to the lfs for a long time and had not have an active tank right now . I know this as I saw all 4 types of Biohomme media at the Jalan Kayu lfs ( forgotten the name though ) .
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    Re: What is your Favourite Bio Filter Media

    the 4 types are 1)Biohomme , 1) biohomme plus , 3) biohomme ultra , biohomme ultimate

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