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I'm about to clean my canister filter and take out some sponges and put in more bio media. I have one basket with Ehfisubstrat Pro already in there but would like to add a little more bio filtration.
I just came across this product and was wondering if anyone has used it and what the thought about it?

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Never used it but looks OK, anything will work really. I use the Aquaclear Biomax inserts that petco sells.


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The description does say it removes nitrates. If you have a planted tank I would think you would want to avoid filtering out nitrates. Especially if your dosing them. But I may be misunderstanding the description.

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I think they're just talking about the biofilter's part in nitrification. Nitrates go by by in reef tanks unlike FW, something to do with the anaerobic bacteria deep within the rocks that convert NO3 to nitrogen gas. I think a lot of reef guys will argue that added biofiltration like this won't help nitrate reduction but rather aid it's production since these things can't harbor that type of bacteria very well so they can't keep up with the other nitrifyers that are producing the NO3. That's where the reefing term "nitrate factory" comes from.


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It is the same as the ceramic rings, I use it on my 75 in my xp2. Works GREAT! Has a significantly larger surface area for bacteria to grow on. I used pretty much a whole liter in two baskets. the rest went into various HOB filters
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seachem matrix is great for breeding bacteria. like bigb says it has a larger surface area for bacteria to grow on, which is why in reef tanks it is so beneficial. it can act the same as live rock. and in planted tanks, like our filter pads. i can't say that i've come across anything seachem makes that i didn't like.
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I think matrix is heat cracked zeolite. (might be a ceramic but I am pretty sure it's zeolite mineral, anyone know for sure?). It will remove the nitrites and nitrates which you don't want to remove. Planted tanks need that stuff and we add it in with fertilizers. In a planted tank you don't need to worry about ammonia either. The plants love that ammonia, nitrite and nitrate stuff. You want to keep it in your tank.

If you've got a fish only tank and an ammonia problem, go ahead and use it. It is great at what it does.
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So basicaly its the same as the Ehfisubstrat Pro I'm already using.
I like how the Ehfisubstrat Pro doesn't compact and reduce flow. How is this problem with Matrix?
I'm still torn between Ehfisubstrat Pro (which I have) or Matrix.
Which one would you get?
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It is not made from zeolite, its some form of rock material like a pumus stone. It does not remove nitrates or nitrites. Just provides glorious condo living and luxury real estate for the beneificial bacteria's lol

It does not crumble or compact very easily I have not had a problem with it becoming clogged and lowering my flow either, Its fairly cheap also, i think it was 10$ for enough to do a 125gal tank.
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get a bag of volacanic pumice for 3 bucks.


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