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darkestsky 03-08-2013 04:22 PM

The best bio filter media....um...ever
 
We're happy to announce that we now stock
MarinePure by Cermedia!
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...Pure_logoc.jpg

The most advanced biological filter media on the market.

For fresh or salt water.

80-90% open porosity.

IMMENSE Surface area.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...omparisonc.jpg

Outperforms the competition in ammonia and nitrite removal.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...ure_graphc.jpg



1.5" MarinePure Spheres
http://www.cermedia.com/images/marinepure_spheres.png
1 Gallon: $62.00
2 Quart: $34.00
Single Sphere: $1.00 ea.
As a note: 2 quarts is approximately 36 spheres
Recommended minimum usage is approximately 1 quart per 100 gallons of tank water.




8x8x4" MarinePure Block
http://www.cermedia.com/images/marinepure_blocks.png
8x8x4 Block: $61.00
Use for sumps, deep bed filters, or cut it to need.


8x8x1" MarinePure Plate
http://www.cermedia.com/images/marinepure_plates.png
8x8x1 Plate: $33.00


MarinePure Filter Cartridges
http://www.cermedia.com/images/marin...cartridges.png
Direct replacement for Marineland HOB filter catridges
(MarinePure and Marineland are not affiliated)
Rite Size "E": $15.00
Rite Size "C": $15.00


These are manufacturer's photos.
Product not available on our website yet.
Order through the planted tank.

Shipping will be free for any order over $20
Shipping will be $5 for any order below $20
You can combine with our other items to break that $20 mark.

These shipping prices are temporary, and subject to change.

Link to the technical data from the 1 year MarinePure test: http://www.cermedia.com/MarinePure%2...t%20Report.pdf

I'll be getting some in person pics and videos up soon.
I'll tell you what really sold me on this stuff is the open porosity and surface area. The open porosity gives MarinePure some interesting traits. Water flows through it with little resistance. A lot like high grade open pore foam but with WAY more surface area. Sneaky people might be able to find some awesome uses for it with that in mind :icon_wink

Oh yeah, plants can root on it........

pwolfe 03-08-2013 04:52 PM

looks like interesting stuff. I wonder if the ball form could be used in the trays of an eheim pro3e?

darkestsky 03-08-2013 05:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pwolfe (Post 2766466)
looks like interesting stuff. I wonder if the ball form could be used in the trays of an eheim pro3e?

No reason why it wouldn't. I've never had a Pro 3E, but I'd imagine they use a media basket similar to every other canister filter.

The spheres are designed to be used in media baskets/ filter trays, etc. Just the same as you would use ceramic spheres or those little hollow tube, pasta looking things.

Or, if you're crafty, you could cut one of the plates to be a fitted drop in insert for your filter tray, then you would have more bio filtration than ever before and not even take up an entire media tray.

darkestsky 03-08-2013 08:26 PM

I've had some folks mention that the price seems a little high compared to other bio media.

It's really one of the least expensive options when you consider the amount of useable surface area by volume.

Just to compare it to Ehfisubstrat Pro, it takes about 5 times the amount of Ehfisubstrat to match MarinePure in surface area.

In other words, the 2 quart box of MarinePure Spheres ($34) is roughly the same amount of filtration as two 5 liter boxes of Ehfisubstrat pro ($59.99 each on foster/smith).

bat_billy 03-08-2013 08:39 PM

Re: The best bio filter media....um...ever
 
I use this in my Eheim 2217 and it works great. The media stays wet for a long time even out of the water. It can also be cut and shaped to fit different media baskets.

I also use this media in my fluval Spec V. I have attached a picture of how it looks in the filter box of the spec.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/09/pa8edydy.jpg

darkestsky 03-08-2013 09:36 PM

Thanks for sharing your experience :)

By the way guys, Spheres are almost all gone. I've 18 Spheres left. It's essentially 1 quart worth, but they aren't packaged that way.

hedge_fund 03-08-2013 09:49 PM

How difficult is it to cut this stuff? Knife or a saw? Does it float at first? Does it crumble easily? Is this stuff man made or cut out of some type of stone/bed rock?

thanks.

TheDrake 03-08-2013 11:40 PM

how much of that surface area is still exposed to circulating water after the media is colonized by bacteria and smeared in biofilm?

darkestsky 03-09-2013 02:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hedge_fund (Post 2769266)
How difficult is it to cut this stuff? Knife or a saw? Does it float at first? Does it crumble easily? Is this stuff man made or cut out of some type of stone/bed rock?

thanks.

Cut it with a hack saw. It cuts very, very easily with a hack saw. Wears out blades pretty quick unless you have a blade for glass.

It sinks right off the bat. Well, sometimes you have to swoosh a piece back and forth a little to free trapped air, but that's it.

I wouldn't say it crumbles easily. You could crumble a plate with your hands, if you really wanted to. Doubt you could crumble a sphere without a tool. It will produce dust if you rub pieces together.

Man made in the US of A :)

darkestsky 03-09-2013 02:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheDrake (Post 2770258)
how much of that surface area is still exposed to circulating water after the media is colonized by bacteria and smeared in biofilm?

Essentially all of it. The whole design is for water to actually flow through all the nooks and crannies instead of just around the outside of it like most bio media.

As long as you're using a floss or foam or something in front of MarinePure, it should continue to flow water through the entire media with very minimal care. You should rinse it off every once in a while, much the same as you do with everything else.

If you're using a plate or block in a sump or other large filter, actually just backflowing the system will rinse out MarinePure.

The water flow demo that they had at GPE this year is really what caught my interest in the first place. I'll take a video performing the same demo this weekend, but here's what it was: The rep poured a (probably 8 oz) glass of water through a 4" cube without any of the water going around the edges. Poured it pretty quick too. It's more impressive seeing it than describing it lol. I'll do the video probably Sunday.

hedge_fund 03-09-2013 08:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by darkestsky (Post 2771898)
Cut it with a hack saw. It cuts very, very easily with a hack saw. Wears out blades pretty quick unless you have a blade for glass.

It sinks right off the bat. Well, sometimes you have to swoosh a piece back and forth a little to free trapped air, but that's it.

I wouldn't say it crumbles easily. You could crumble a plate with your hands, if you really wanted to. Doubt you could crumble a sphere without a tool. It will produce dust if you rub pieces together.

Man made in the US of A :)

Good to know. Thanks for the answers. I will be ordering these from you in the future.

darkestsky 03-20-2013 05:20 PM

Fresh new MarinePure Shipment just arrived. Everything is back in stock :)

It's also on the website now. Note that single Spheres can only be purchased on Planted Tank.

hedge_fund 03-21-2013 12:14 AM

it says your website is offline

darkestsky 03-21-2013 05:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hedge_fund (Post 2890690)
it says your website is offline


We had server maintenance today for a little while. I wish they would do that stuff in the dead of night, but they gave me some silly excuse about tech guys having families or something :p

SeaNLand 03-21-2013 04:31 PM

Want to buy, but how?
 
I saw on the original post that we could buy through the forum, but I am new to the forum and can't figure out how to purchase it. Could you fill me in?


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