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post #46 of 52 (permalink) Old 08-30-2018, 05:41 PM
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It's a bucket, I don't know how many gallons it holds, peat inside a nylon bag, there were two bags full, I'd say maybe 200g worth? Maybe more, dunno. It's the Fluval peat granules. I have heard that you shouldn't soak it before but whatever.
That's a bunch relative to the volume of water. For my Spec 5 gallon I use a small ~3"x6" filter bag probably about 1/3-ish full. Not sure how many grams that would be but call it about a 2"x3"x1" pack of peat. About like an extra large heaping tablespoon or a little more.
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Hang in there. It just takes time. You should hopefully start seeing drops in your nitrates by around December or so.

You're not doing it wrong. As long as you are using foams in the right order (coarse then medium then fine) it should be ok, and prevent the media from clogging.
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That's a bunch relative to the volume of water. For my Spec 5 gallon I use a small ~3"x6" filter bag probably about 1/3-ish full. Not sure how many grams that would be but call it about a 2"x3"x1" pack of peat. About like an extra large heaping tablespoon or a little more.
Yeah I put them in my 55G and 20G and it didn't drop too much so that's fine.


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For my larger tanks >24" in length, I usually run two canister filters to that I can do regular filter maintenance without worrying about re-cycling my tanks due to crashes in my beneficial bacteria population. For both canisters I run an entire level with Rena/API Biostars (completely filled!). And use one filter for fine filtration and the other filter for carbon filtration. Here's my typical set up:

Canister 1: Water buffer
- 1st layer = coarse mechanical
- 2nd layer = fine mechanical
- 3rd layer = organics (API Biostars)

Canister 2: Carbon filter
- 1st layer = coarse mechanical
- 2nd layer = organics (API Biostars)
- 3rd layer = activated carbon

If I have a 4th layer (seen with the larger canister filters), I will put whatever I think is needed (e.g. additional bio/organics, carbon, or mechanical) and place it in the appropriate level (e.g. additional coarse mechanical will go after another coarse mechanical, additional carbon will go after the bio/organics layer, etc.)

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@ced281 - Seachem markets Matrix and De*nitrate (a pumice stone) bio-media but I'm not aware of a biostar product?? Perhaps API Bio-Chem STARS?

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Yes -- I meant API. Whoops sorry! I bought all of mine when they were still owned by Rena, but that got bought out by some other big label brand/company. (Will edit my post to make it clear).

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@ced281 - Seachem markets Matrix and De*nitrate (a pumice stone) bio-media but I'm not aware of a biostar product?? Perhaps API Bio-Chem STARS?

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I realize I'm a little late to this thread but, for anyone who is thinking of running Seachem Matrix as their bio filtration, here is an interesting study/test that was conducted by other members of plantedtank. I've also seen very similar results in other tests.

https://www.plantedtank.net/#/topics/1045898
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