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I don't know but looks as some pumice stone to me ... it's sintetic or real light stone?

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I don't know but looks as some pumice stone to me ... it's sintetic or real light stone?
My understanding is that it is a fired ceramic media.

Probably similar to 'sintered glass' or 'ceramic' bio-media.

The pore structure of this media just appears to be superior compared to other types of ceramic media.

Maybe comparing open pore foam like Poret foam to regular sponge foams is a similar comparison.
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oh yes then that explains the price ... thanks for the answer :-)

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oh yes then that explains the price ... thanks for the answer :-)

It's a ceramic based material that was originally designed for industrial water purification projects and has been adapted to pond and aquarium use.

Poret doesn't even come close in terms of surface area and bio filtration. But, Poret is a better mechanical filter.

The only thing that really even comes close to it in bio filtration would be certain types of live rock for reef tanks.
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As a note: 2 quarts is approximately 36 spheres
Recommended minimum usage is approximately 1 quart per 100 gallons of tank water.


This means 18 spheres for 100 gallons, 9 for 50 gallons, so on an so forth. Does this means this is ALL I'll need for bio filtration? So if I have a 18 gallon tank, adding 3-4 spheres is all I'll need for biochemical? Wow!

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As a note: 2 quarts is approximately 36 spheres
Recommended minimum usage is approximately 1 quart per 100 gallons of tank water.


This means 18 spheres for 100 gallons, 9 for 50 gallons, so on an so forth. Does this means this is ALL I'll need for bio filtration? So if I have a 18 gallon tank, adding 3-4 spheres is all I'll need for biochemical? Wow!
Bingo. Just make sure you've got them in an area where they receive decent flow, like in your filter. Unless you're using them to reduce nitrates. Then you don't want them getting much flow at all

Another neat thing you can do with them, especially if you're like me and are always starting new tanks, is use them to seed a new tank VERY quickly. I keep a couple of them in a little mesh bag in one of my well established tanks, and just drop one into a new tank when I set it up. It reduces the cycling time dramatically.

For example: I had an old, neglected 30 gallon saltwater tank that I was getting ready to take apart and upgrade to a 72 gallon. I used dry rock to construct the layout, and added 5 MarinePure Spheres that had been sitting in the 30 gallon for a couple of weeks. My cycle time on that tank was just about one week. I'm still going through the algae outbreak fun, but my ammonia/nitrate/nitrite cycle only took a few days.


Seriously, there really isn't a comparison to MarinePure out there. Sure, it's not a flashy, fancy upgrade to your tank like a new light or new filter pipes, but dollar for dollar I don't believe there's anything better you can do for water quality.
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Can I add 8 spheres to the Ebiken spring scissors pre-order that I have out with you? If so, let me know how much to paypal along with the email address.

I'll be layering these in my Eheim 2215.

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anyone get these on the first shipment that can testify to the media's performance over a month or two? Thinking about getting some of the balls for the bottom tray of the sunsun 302 I got for my upcoming 20L project.
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I've been running them for several months now in an HOB and have no complaints. I don't really know how you can accurately 'rate' a media's filtering ability. FWIW I haven't had any problems with filtering the whole time I've had them.
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Got my 2Qt. box nice and quick. Thanks! My first application for them will be a few in the top chamber of my Finnex PX-360 canister. Since they're relatively large in relation to the basket, is it recommended to cut a couple in half to fill the inevitable gaps? Looks like this is what was done for the Fluval 205 in Cermedia's test linked in the first post.
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Got my 2Qt. box nice and quick. Thanks! My first application for them will be a few in the top chamber of my Finnex PX-360 canister. Since they're relatively large in relation to the basket, is it recommended to cut a couple in half to fill the inevitable gaps? Looks like this is what was done for the Fluval 205 in Cermedia's test linked in the first post.
Cool. I just got mine as well. I plan on running two eheims on my 75 gallon. One eheim will only be filled with this biomedia along with some foam I ordered from him. The second eheim will run the way it came from the factory. For now my filtering needs should be covered.
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Got my 2Qt. box nice and quick. Thanks! My first application for them will be a few in the top chamber of my Finnex PX-360 canister. Since they're relatively large in relation to the basket, is it recommended to cut a couple in half to fill the inevitable gaps? Looks like this is what was done for the Fluval 205 in Cermedia's test linked in the first post.
Yup. Just cut them in half if you want better coverage. They're very easy to cut, but they will make your blade dull QUICK. Use a hacksaw or something similar with small teeth and be careful

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Cool. I just got mine as well. I plan on running two eheims on my 75 gallon. One eheim will only be filled with this biomedia along with some foam I ordered from him. The second eheim will run the way it came from the factory. For now my filtering needs should be covered.
That should definitely do you

If you're looking for some good carbon, try Vertex Rox 0.8 I just started using it and it's pretty serious stuff as far as carbon goes.
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Yup. Just cut them in half if you want better coverage. They're very easy to cut, but they will make your blade dull QUICK. Use a hacksaw or something similar with small teeth and be careful
So biting is out of the question? Got it.

What kind of bag are you running the Vertex in?
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So biting is out of the question? Got it.

What kind of bag are you running the Vertex in?
I'm just using a generic mesh filter sock. I'd like to get a reactor for it (actually 2 reactors. 1 for fresh and 1 for salt to rotate around my tanks. You're only supposed to use it for 1 week per month.) but I don't have the budget for it right now.

I've been so impressed with it I'm thinking of stocking it for the store.
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Rather than messing about with small bits of them I wound up fitting 6 in the chamber then just filled in the gaps with some spare ehfisubstrate pro.



Less bypass overall and still exorbitant surface area for a 7 gallon tank I'd think. I just fit a 100ml Purigen on top of that as a final stage and the first (lower) chamber has some ceramic rings topped with the stock sponge for mechanical.
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