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Your bio-media

Im wonderin what everyone uses as bio media...
In my G3 i use fluvals G-nodes.
In my 405 i use biomax.

Shouls i ever have the nees to replace them?
Either the gnodes or biomax.

Im wondering of switching everything (slowly) to seachem matrix would be a beter deal... Also looking for a biomedia that has a quicker "flow"
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Unless your biomedia is literally disintegrating, there is no need to replace it.

Switching your biomedia may have some effect on your flow rate (i.e. if it is "looser" then the water will flow by more easily) but it will probably not make a perceptible difference.

In any case, your biomedia will clog over time, requiring cleaning anyway.

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I use the bio media (biomax) that came with my fluval canisters as well as broken up pumice. I am apparently cheap though(always looking for a non-brand replacement).

The Seachem matrix appears to have a very large surface area in comparison with most other media options I have looked at. It's pricey though.

For the princely sum of $1-$4 you can get yourself some of that ancient pumice from a garden center or agregate supplier locally and see if you like it. Rinse it first like anything else.

As far as replacement goes, like previously mentioned, unless it is disintegrating should not need replacing. It does get gooped up after a while (three months +/-) though so a quick rinse with dechlorinated water will restore it well enough to keep proper flow.

For the sake of clarity - you never want to "clean" your bio media. That will cause an ammonia spike and possibly kill your aquatic friends. <-- No argument intended Darkblade48.

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lava rock works pretty well as a solid media
bio bale is an excellent media
pot scrubbers that are detergent free are great media

anthing with large surface area is really what ur lookin for

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lava rock works pretty well as a solid media
bio bale is an excellent media
pot scrubbers that are detergent free are great media

anthing with large surface area is really what ur lookin for
Re: the pot scrubbers ... Are you referring to something similar to these:

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Yes i am! Lots of people with sumps use them as cheap media

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Thanks. I just wanted to confirm before I bought the wrong thing.
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