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Old 05-05-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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cheap bio media?


Anyone have ideas for a cheap bio media? I have about 2 cubic feet to fill and am trying to get creative.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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Dollar store scrubbies, cut up drinking straws, army men,
Volcanic rock, sponge, the list is endless!!
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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Cut up drinking straws I've seen done. But yea there are tons of options. Anything cheap with lots of surface area that won't affect water quality.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:33 PM   #4
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Not cheap but really good. Check out the video on their site.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=269010

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Old 05-05-2013, 05:45 PM   #5
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Plastic Hair Curlers, buy them at $ stores for a song.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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I like the ideas so far! Keep em coming!

Clemsons, yeah that's the ticket- won't affect water quality. I think that's half the challenge. The other half is finding something that's gonna work, phtsically, in terms of density/structure. For example, I'd imagine polyester floss (ie the fill material for pillows/stuffed toys) meets the surface area criteria and it is super super cheap, but I'd guess it is probably going to just clog up and become useless.

I was thinking of hydroton or some other hydroponics media but it isn't THAT cheap...
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:28 PM   #7
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Marine pure is a little expensive, but you only need a fraction of the quantity you would need with other media.
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I was thinking of make a DE filter to throw in the tank once a month to clean the water. I guess you are making a mini sump using your cube.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:58 PM   #9
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Pumice. It can be found on Amazon and other sites. It's relatively inexpensive and comes in a variety of sizes.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:39 PM   #10
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Doesn't pumice float?
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Doesn't pumice float?
True pumice does, so I think he meant lava rock...
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you can buy a 20lb bag of lava rock at home depot for like $3-5
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:39 PM   #13
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Not cheap, but Seachem Matrix is my favorite. Maybe you dont need so mutch, direction of use is 500ml of Matrix on 50 gallon.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:35 PM   #14
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Poly floss is definitely a better mechanical filter than bio filter.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:42 PM   #15
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Dollar store scrubbies and BBQ grill lava rock smashed into smaller pieces works for me.
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