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Old 07-29-2014, 09:46 PM   #1
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Has any one tryed a Bio-Media called MarinePure is it any good for sumps.
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:52 PM   #2
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There was some talk about it a couple of years ago when it came out. From the measurements a small amount can house an insane boatload of bacteria.
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:32 PM   #3
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The three bio-media's which I trust are: Matrix, Fluval Pre-Filter nodes and Bio bale
which is on e-bay. Stores don't like it because it's cheap. I use some of it along/w one of those other kinds in both my filters. Any filter media chart will list bio balls at the bottom of it's list. Other than that one, most any will work as most people have far more than will ever be colonized in the bio-load they have.
Please remember that those beneficial bacteria only colonize per available food level.
The food being ammonia that is the result of the fish/shrimp waste being broken down.
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If your looking for something to file a sump the pond version of matrix is way cheaper then that marine pure stuff. Marine pure IMO is way to expensive, and you'll probably never come close to using its claimed capacity.
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Lava rock would be cheap option.
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What is the difference between Matrix and Pond Matrix? Pond matrix is quite cheap at $35 for a whole gallon of the stuff. Can't you use pond matrix on a canister filter?

Amazon.com : Pond Matrix, 4 L / 1 gal. : Aquarium Water Changers : Pet Supplies Amazon.com : Pond Matrix, 4 L / 1 gal. : Aquarium Water Changers : Pet Supplies
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Size is the difference. The regular is about the size of a marble on down to about half that while the pond type is larger. I don't know the exact sizes the pond comes in.
But it would be more the correct size for a sump filter for example.
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Sure it's bigger but I wouldn't say a whole massive amount bigger. To someone with a mid size canister filter I don't think it would matter much. Biomax is about the same size as pond matrix I say.
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Hey thank you for providing this size comparrison.
And BTW...what size comtainers are those ? My filters are smaller sizes so all I need for them is the pint size jars of it. Does the "Pond" type come in Quart size might you know ?
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Thank you all I started useing Lava rock and BioHome I have The old Marineland 2 Tidepool wet/dry sumps on a 125g I just didn.t know if the lava rock was just as good as the MarinePure.
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Don't know the comparison value but many on here use/recommend lava rock for that.
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Hey thank you for providing this size comparrison.
And BTW...what size comtainers are those ? My filters are smaller sizes so all I need for them is the pint size jars of it. Does the "Pond" type come in Quart size might you know ?
I got that picture from monster fish keepers. Those are 2L containers. The smallest size looks to be 1L containers.
Amazon.com : Pond Matrix, HIgh Capacity Biofiltration Aquatic Plant Substrate, 1 L treats : Aquarium Filter Accessories : Pet Supplies Amazon.com : Pond Matrix, HIgh Capacity Biofiltration Aquatic Plant Substrate, 1 L treats : Aquarium Filter Accessories : Pet Supplies

2L seems to be a better deal as it's only 5$ more than 1L.
Amazon.com : Pond Matrix, 2 L / 67.6 fl. oz. : Aquarium Filter Accessories : Pet Supplies Amazon.com : Pond Matrix, 2 L / 67.6 fl. oz. : Aquarium Filter Accessories : Pet Supplies

And 1G of matrix is same price as pond.
Amazon.com : Matrix, 4 L / 1 gal. : Aquarium Water Changers : Pet Supplies Amazon.com : Matrix, 4 L / 1 gal. : Aquarium Water Changers : Pet Supplies

Good deal to go halfsies with someone for a whole boatload of biomedia.

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