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ceramic filter media replacement?

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by ibanezfrelon, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. ibanezfrelon

    ibanezfrelon Guru Class Expert

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    Is it necessary to replace the ceramic bio media after a while?
    Do the microspores clogg so much that the ceramic becomes useless?
    Is it maybe better to use the rough sponge instead as it can be cleaned easier?
     
  2. dutchy

    dutchy Plant Guru Team
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    I never change the ceramic bio media, I just rinse it to clean. Anyway never replace all of it at the same time. I've used rough sponges too but it reduced the flow of the filter by 10%.

    regards,
    dutchy
     
  3. ibanezfrelon

    ibanezfrelon Guru Class Expert

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    thnx for your reply
     
  4. Biollante

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    Pot-Scrubbers Under The Tree...

    Hi,

    Bio media (like Biollante) should not be discarded :p or very clean (Hmm…:rolleyes:)…

    Only clean as necessary, a rinse with aquarium water is sufficient… Never let the media dry… :gw

    Sponges, as the smarter (though not nearly as good-looking) than I Dutchy points out, can block flow.

    Biollante
     
  5. pat w

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    Used pot-scrubbers exclusively for a long time. I slowly replaced some of them with Seachem Matrix but still have some.

    Bio, you should not confuse personal hygiene with bio-MEDIA hygiene.:rolleyes:{Kidding}

    Pat
     
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    duplicate post

    Pat
     
  7. Biollante

    Biollante Lifetime Charter Member
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    Hygiene?

    Hi Pat,

    As bang for the buck (US$) goes pot-scrubbers are hard to beat as bio-media... :gw

    Hygiene confuses me... :eek:

    Maybe it isn't the evil plant monster part that keeps people away... :eek: Hmmm... :p

    Biollante
     
  8. Tug

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    Nylon pot-scrubbers- brillient!

    Bio,
    What should I do with the bag of used media that I let dry out before I knew not to do that?
     
  9. Biollante

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    Pot Scrubbers Really Do Work

    Hi Tug,

    Clean it and reuse it, you will just be starting from scratch building the colonies, the bio-film. ;)

    Cleaning really depends on how nasty and what material, generally rinsing in water from an aquarium, during a water change for instance is sufficient. :rolleyes:

    Some can be heat cleaned (boiled or steamed) many can be cleaned with bleach, Potassium permanganate so on... Some are cleaned by abrading, put them in a bag and shake.

    Most really are not as bad as folks think, just rinse and return them to service. :)

    Biollante
     
  10. Infulgeo

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    My question is if said bio media dries couldn't you use something like One And Only Nitrifying Bacteria by Dr Tim's Aquatics to soak the media in before re adding it to the Filter?
    thanks,
    -Nick
     
  11. Biollante

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    Shine On, Shine On... Nothing “Twilight “About It...

    Hi Nick,

    I have never used the “One And Only Nitrifying Bacteria by Dr Tim's Aquatics.” :)

    I think were you to use Dr. Tim's product you would simply place the material in the filter to give the bacteria a place to call home.

    I guess I have a hard time accepting the instant nitrogen cycle from a bottle... Though I know many of us transfer mulm, sponges and filter material from an established tank to a “kick start' a new tank. :)

    So I suppose... I think I would make sure I had the 40-50ppm chloride, before I added any critters. :gw

    Anyone ever use this stuff? :confused:

    Biollante
     
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