What's the best biological filtration media?
Any comments? I've been using ceramic rings for a while, but I always see foam sponge stars, plastic ball things, etc. Anyone know that the literal best media is for your biological filter?
ceramic rings definitely. plastic balls (bioballs) are best in wet/dry filters but i use them in canisters too
I think they're all about the same but if I had to pick the best of the best I'd say porous ceramic rings.
Ceramic rings in general, and Eheim Ehfisubstrat specifically. 18000 square feet surface per gallon of media is hard to beat.
Porous ceramic media is best in submerged uses, Biowheels are best in wet/dry uses.
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This very much depends on what you are using the filter for.
Fresh water, Salt water, $'s you want spend
For my purposes:
Best value for $'s, sand(fluidized bed) and sponge(HMF, Hamburg Mat Filter, even cheaper if you use air to drive it)
I use ceramic rings in all of my filtration.
20" Tropical Gar, 18" Florida Gar, 20" Longnose Gar,
17" Ornate Bichir, 25" Silver Arowana, 16" Bowfin, 15" Giant Gourami
16" Male Dovii
Ceramic rings are generally considered the best, but they can't be used alone, which is why you see the other media.
If you don't have a pre-filter (foam, filter floss etc....) small particulates get into the ceramic rings and block the pores. That means you have to clean them more often and it reduces their efficacity.
I use a floss prefilter, a sponge and then ceramic cylinders in my AC filters and I noticed a much better bio-filtration vs. sponge only when I switched.
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Yup, no worries, just wanted opinions before I swapped my carbon out for biological in my canister.
Originally Posted by Sasquatch
I only run carbon for about a month and a half on new tanks.
Me too, my nitrites just went to 0. So, now I have to get into my filter and clean the sponges add some floss and ceramic media and remove the carbon.
This was the fastest I had seen a tank 0 out it's nitrites.
You title had me in here in a second because I'm about to buy more bio media.