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Thread: Rinsing/Replacing AC biomedia
01-12-2013, 11:12 AM #21
+1 to the above
That makes perfect sense to me Taurus
Just to add to that, if you are cleaning your media as a part of your normal routine maintenance, and you water parameters are good ( 0ppm of ammonia & nitrite) the bio-media is at the least efficiant enough.If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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01-12-2013, 11:17 AM #22
Excellent point Cliff.
01-14-2013, 05:10 PM #23
0Originally Posted by Taurus
But, is there any way to VISUALLY tell if the ceramic biomax pores have clogged? Is discoloration of the beads a clue? How would one know if the biomax has become less efficient? It's easier to determine that with the mechanical sponge, but with the biomedia, what would one look for?20 gal. high: planted; 7 white cloud minnows, several RCS, 2 blue shrimp, 5 Amano shrimp, several snails; Azoo air. 65 gal: planted; 6 rosy barbs, 6 yellow glofish, 3 red glofish, 3 zebra danios, 5 white cloud minnows, 3 dojo loaches, 6 crimson spot rainbow fish, 12 large Amano Shrimp, several snails; AC110.
01-14-2013, 05:14 PM #24
0Originally Posted by mermaidwannabe
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01-14-2013, 06:03 PM #25
Oh yes. Ammonia and nitrites should always test 0 in a healthy, cycled tank.
01-16-2013, 04:26 PM #26
Good parameters = don't worry about it.
I take it there's no way of knowing by just looking at the beads. I guess it doesn't matter what they look like, so long as the tank stays stable.
As for the sponge, I read somewhere that as long as it springs back after being squeezed, it's still got plenty of life left in it. When it loses its springiness, then it's time to change it.
Correct?20 gal. high: planted; 7 white cloud minnows, several RCS, 2 blue shrimp, 5 Amano shrimp, several snails; Azoo air. 65 gal: planted; 6 rosy barbs, 6 yellow glofish, 3 red glofish, 3 zebra danios, 5 white cloud minnows, 3 dojo loaches, 6 crimson spot rainbow fish, 12 large Amano Shrimp, several snails; AC110.
01-16-2013, 06:25 PM #27
If the beads or rings have a built up biofilm (slime for the lack of a better term), it's time to rinse them clean or cycle some out and replace with new.
Sponges are cheap. You can even get the generic ones that fit into the AC filters by mail order. I try to soak used sponges that don't hold their shape anymore in a bleach\water solution to get them clean, then soak them in dechlorinated water. Sometimes that will bring their shape back and you can reuse them. But I purchase a new 3 pack every time I do a mail order for supplies. I use the sponges for cleaning the inside tank glass.
01-16-2013, 11:14 PM #28
Thanks, Taurus. I still can feel the original texture of my ceramic beads (no slime), so I'm good for awhile. Right now, I have fairly light bioloads in my tanks, so they'll probably last indefinitely. But I'll know to watch for that biofilm build-up when and if it occurs.
I cleaned one of my filters a couple days ago, and rinsed the sponge thoroughly under tap water. Since I have well water that isn't chlorinated, I don't think it killed much of the BB, but I dipped it in into a bucket of Primed tapwater anyway, simply because Prime is good for both tanks and filters, and it will help temporarily neutralize any small ammonia spike that just might occur. Certainly couldn't have hurt anything.
This has been a very educational thread . . .
--mermaid20 gal. high: planted; 7 white cloud minnows, several RCS, 2 blue shrimp, 5 Amano shrimp, several snails; Azoo air. 65 gal: planted; 6 rosy barbs, 6 yellow glofish, 3 red glofish, 3 zebra danios, 5 white cloud minnows, 3 dojo loaches, 6 crimson spot rainbow fish, 12 large Amano Shrimp, several snails; AC110.
01-17-2013, 01:07 PM #29
I agree with an above poster, that if you ever do suspect the bio-media is maxed out or coated, you can simply open the bag, and replace some, not all of the bio-media with fresh media. Don't ever chuck the whole thing.
Just a tip, for those it may help, even yourself, instead of carbon in that slot I use a few cut to fit water polishing pads. I place them above the sponge, and they do an excellent job of keeping the water crystal clear. I rinse those weekly in removed tank water, and replace with new about once every two months of when they get particularly "floppy". They help a great deal as well with keeping "gunk" and finer silt material from clogging up the bio rings above it.2 10 gallon tanks, 1 20 gallon tank, 1 Fluval Edge, 1 29 gallon tank, and one backyard pond.
01-17-2013, 03:48 PM #30
That's what I've have don in the past Tiari, but I use the polyfill quilt batting cut to size from large sheets to fit between the sponge and biomax.