Thread: bio-chem stars & ceramic rings
01-26-2010, 02:14 AM #1
bio-chem stars & ceramic rings
Hello" I am going to add some more biological filtration to my 2 rena xp3s (inplace of carbon) I am currently using biochem stars and would like to add some ceramic rings. Some brands of rings (Rena) state that the do not need to be replaced under normal use. Fluva ceramic rings that my local pet store carrys say they need to be replaced every 6 months.
1. Do they need to be replaced or not
2. any difference between stars or ceramic rings in terms of becteria growth ?
Thank you all for your help !
01-26-2010, 02:24 AM #2
I have been using my bio max and biochem stars since I bought the filters a couple of years ago.I just rinse them off once in a while in tank water while doing a water change.
The media with the largest surface areas are best.Thats where the bacteria grows.Larger area more bacteria.Ray Your Freindly Neighborhood,Fully Mod-ified, Self-appointed Pic Hound!! Need pics!!!
Have you filled out your profile yet ?????????????
The Fabulous AC ebook Please read>http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/ebook.html
01-26-2010, 04:41 AM #3
1. Probably, eventually, you would have to replace to keep the maximum surface area available to biological colonization. The pores in the material will eventually get clogged and lower the total available amount of surface area. I've never replaced them in any of my filters. I bag loose rings and add them to all my filters.
2. Total surface area for physical size would probably be the best way to determine which is better for an application. Either should do a great job though. I use rings, some use bio-balls, other stars, and still others use even more types. Personal preference, ability to put a lot of media in the same given space, susceptibility to becoming clogged...
I didn't help, did I? heh
1G Planted Betta tank, 1.5G Planted Betta tank, 10G Planted Swordtail Fry tank,
10G Neolamprologus Multifasciatus (Shell Dweller) tank. Empty/Work in Progress 135G, 40GB, 2 x 20GL, 2 x 10G
My aquarium (and more) videos on YouTube
01-26-2010, 07:44 AM #4
I use the Rena stars and the Fluval rings in my Xp3 and have never replaced them and there is still room for whatever. The filter has been running for 5 years.55gal Planted community
12 Neon Tetras
5 Kuhli Loaches
2 Siamese Algae Eaters