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The filtration balls just as effective?

I have a bucket of these:


Im used to using these in HOB and canister filters:


Will the plastic balls work well in HOB or canister filters?
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I'm wondering the same thing. It seems like there is no difference but I'm interest to hear hat people say.
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the ceramic bio media has more surface area for bacteria to grow on.

check the graph in this thread.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...=best+bio+ever

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WOW... i always assumed the ceramic stuff would work better because of the surface area, but had no idea how ineffective plastic bio media is!
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The bio balls work best when they are not submerged, like in a wet/dry filter. But even then, they aren't that great.
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Yeah, use the ceramic since they don't float up. It works well in a HOB filter.


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the ceramic bio media has more surface area for bacteria to grow on.

check the graph in this thread.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...=best+bio+ever
That graph seems very false to me. Afterall its from another manufacturer in which to sell their product, they pretty much have to down another manufacturer. Bio balls have been very effective in wet-dry sumps. If not prefiltered they will clog just like anything else. They grow a totally different type of beneficial bacteria. In which use oxygen from the air and not the water being filter. Thus making the returning water more oxygen rich. Something that is better than both of those is bio bale. A lot cheaper and alot more surface area than both psi.

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Yeah, graphs for company's tend to over exaggerate, but ceramic is still better.

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You don't need any of that stuff - that's one of the great things about a planted tank.
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