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Just Ordered Supplies!

Ordered 1.5 L of Matrix. What do you guys think of this bio media? Better than Hagen's Biomax (currently using)?

Also got my NPK pack from Seachem.


and... a Redsea CO2 reactor.
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I would say it doesn't matter too much about the bio media. I have never used either kind that you listed, so I couldn't say.

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Got them both in my filters and all I can think of to say about them is biomedia is biomedia.
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Gotta agree with the guys here, bio media is bio media. But surface area, now that is something different. More surface area means more bacteria. Also, what are you willing to spend?

At one end, you've got Eheim's Ehfisubstrat Pro with 18,300 sq. ft. per 1 US gallon. I really like this because I inherited a lot of it for free but most importantly it reminds me of Cocoa Puffs.

Then clear across the other end of the spectrum you have $5 per pound pumice (cinder stone) which has about 16 sq. ft. per gallon.

Here's a handy table comparing various medias. Pay no attention to the activated carbon!
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I really like this because I inherited a lot of it for free but most importantly it reminds me of Cocoa Puffs.
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...And they don't soften up in milk!

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Thanks for the table. Thats good to know about the Ehfisubstrat Pro because SeaChem's Matrix states it has even more surface area!
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...And they don't soften up in milk!

but.. but... cocoa puffs makes choco milk!

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but.. but... cocoa puffs makes choco milk!
Yes, and choco milk is awesome but mushy cereal? You have to pick and choose, find the balance and I have made my choice. I can't go back, now. I'm sorry.

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I love seachem matrix. I use it in my shrimp tanks and my betta tank. Just make sure you have good particulate filtration installed prior to your matrix, otherwise the matrix will just clog with detritus.
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Thanks for the table. Thats good to know about the Ehfisubstrat Pro because SeaChem's Matrix states it has even more surface area!
Seachem Matrix is truly awesome stuff and it is what I ordinarily use. As I said, I got a ton of Ehfisubstrat Pro for free so I'm gonna use it until I run out.

By the way, is it just me or is it actually getting harder to find Matrix? It used to be everywhere, at least in Austin. Now, the pro shops don't seem to be getting it in hardly and when it does come in it gets snatched up. Marine Depot, Big Al's, Fosters & Smith can't seem to keep any amount of it for very long. I noticed Marine Depot has it again but it was conspicuous by its absence for months. Big Al's started carrying it again and now they even have the 4 liter tub. It's weird. Stuff is like a commodity some seasons.

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Yeah, there is only one LFS in my area that has it, and they are trying to charge 40 dollars for 1 liter. I bought it online for 12 dollars/liter and stocked up.
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