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post #16 of 58 (permalink) Old 03-21-2013, 04:54 PM
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The video up yet?

I might try but since you said it will produce powder when rub together, so what is the right way to clean them? It seems very fragile.
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The video up yet?

I might try but since you said it will produce powder when rub together, so what is the right way to clean them? It seems very fragile.
They aren't terribly fragile. Especially not the Spheres. They powder about the same as normal ceramic media. You get that same little bit of dust at the bottom of a new bag that you would with ceramic media.

To clean them just run some water over them. They flow water through them well enough that even a simple backflow will wash most everything out of them. If you really wanted to scrub them, I'd use a toothbrush or something similar.

I haven't been able to get a video done yet. They sold out before I could play with more than a few Spheres last time. I'll get it up by the beginning of the week now that I actually have enough in stock to take some for marketing/experimenting/my own amusement.
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Re: The best bio filter media....um...ever

How does the 8x8x4 have the same surface area as the 8x8x1? I would think out would have at least twice the surface area. What gives? Lol

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Just got some of the spheres yesterday and they didn't appear to be very fragile at all. There was a small amount of dust in the bottom of the bag, but the spheres were fine. A quick rinse and they were clean and ready to use.
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How does the 8x8x4 have the same surface area as the 8x8x1? I would think out would have at least twice the surface area. What gives? Lol

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That chart shows how many square feet of surface area are in a cubic foot of the material. For individual pieces, the surface area of an 8x8x1 is 5750 feet squared and an 8x8x4 is 23,000.

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Just got some of the spheres yesterday and they didn't appear to be very fragile at all. There was a small amount of dust in the bottom of the bag, but the spheres were fine. A quick rinse and they were clean and ready to use.
Yea, they really are pretty sturdy. Thanks a bunch for your order
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Which version do I buy for my eheim 2213?
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Which version do I buy for my eheim 2213?
You said that you bought a used Eheim with no media right? I would go with the spheres and foam (he sells as well) for the 2213. I have the same filter and will be going with this combo next time I order from this seller. You need the foam so it catches the bigger debris and does not clog the spheres.
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You said that you bought a used Eheim with no media right? I would go with the spheres and foam (he sells as well) for the 2213. I have the same filter and will be going with this combo next time I order from this seller. You need the foam so it catches the bigger debris and does not clog the spheres.
I found the spheres here: http://www.southernoakaquatics.com/p...s/Default.aspx

I am assuming 1 quart should work fine correct? When you say foam are you referring to stock eheim pads?
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I found the spheres here: http://www.southernoakaquatics.com/p...s/Default.aspx

I am assuming 1 quart should work fine correct? When you say foam are you referring to stock eheim pads?
Not sure about 1 quart....I need to talk to darkestsky as well to verify (I'm getting the same media).

Yeah eheim pads....but if you don't have those then he sells the foam in this link.

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Not sure about 1 quart....I need to talk to darkestsky as well to verify (I'm getting the same media).

Yeah eheim pads....but if you don't have those then he sells the foam in this link.

Foam
let me know what you find. I am curious so I can order too
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To answer the first question, yes, you should have some sort of mechanical filtration (foam, filter pad, filter sock, etc) before the MarinePure yo keep it from getting gunked up quickly.

As for recommended usage, check out this link: http://www.cermedia.com/marinepure-technical.php

Essentially, 1 quart of Spheres is the recommended amount for a 50 gallon tank.
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The best bio filter media....um...ever

I received my bio balls today. They are a lot bigger than I imagined. I have eheim canisters that I want to put them in...where in the filter should I put them? I'm thinking after the small eheim balls...what would you say?
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I received my bio balls today. They are a lot bigger than I imagined. I have eheim canisters that I want to put them in...where in the filter should I put them? I'm thinking after the small eheim balls...what would you say?
Doesn't really matter as long as they are after mechanical filtration (floss, foam, felt, etc) so that they don't get clogged up with gunk.

They do seem a little big when you first get them, but you have to remember that each of those balls is equivalent to around 1800 plastic bio balls.

Thanks for your order, Tanner
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The best bio filter media....um...ever

No problem! Thanks for the info! I'm throwing them in tonight
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