Maintenance – 8 – These were easy to rinse. Let's take a look at the lava rock versus bioballs debate. This makes 30 ppi foam the best media and ceramic rings the worst media. And you can skip to down below for why. I bought a bag of lava rock used in barbecues and it works well. Dave You may want to change for easier maintenance, but if you’re not struggling there’s no reason to change. I have not used Seachem matrix. Maintenance – 6 – these are designed not to clog and because for this if it gave the best flow compared to other medias. Note: There is a minimum when ordering snails. Lava rock – the igneous rock that forms as an erupting volcano's molten lava cools and hardens – is very porous. This test makes it clear that the claims of huge surface areas by Seachem are simply very misleading. Because I’m so cheap I decide to go to my local nursery and buy a bag of generic pumice gravel and try it out. I did not throw these away. Im raising 25 Jade Perch for eating in a 6x2x2 bare bottom tank. Before we review different biological filter media, let’s take a closer look at the microbes that make biological filtration happen in our aquariums. I use lava rock in filters and as a base to attach java fern and anubias plants. Call 866-766-3435. I don’t have any problems now or Nitrates. Generic Pumice gravel (I don’t recommend) – There are a few videos that review Seachem Matrix and some of the negatives were this is just pumice gravel. Durability – 8 – this stuff is durable as durable as any of the other medias. Top Keywords . But if Seachem Matrix is not just pumice gravel, it has to be really nice a premium pumice gravel cause it’s nothing like the generic pumice I purchased. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Males stake out territories in rock overhangs or caves for spawning. Beneficial Bacteria is the engine of the nitrogen cycle. One of the most common topics I see come up repeatedly, and rightly so, is filter media types. With an assortment of filter media out there in the pond world from filter pads to bio-ribbon to lava rocks to bio balls. 0.61%. I now run a Aqua One 2700 UV canister filter filled with just Sponge & Hydroton. I only clean filter monthly. How to Save Money in the Aquarium Hobby. Lava Rock which is formed from the intense heat of volcanos has many hidden benefits for the aquarium that many hobbyists are not even aware of. Joey “The King of DIY” has a video of his favorites. I am writing this post because many YouTubers with a few exceptions kinda avoid the question “What is the best bio media?”. The products usually consist of small sacks filled with the stones that easily can be placed in shoes, and on the offending places such as dog pillows, garden sheds or cellars. i do intend to put some form of biomedia in and am currently thinking of putting lava rocks in (as the filter is currently seeded with some lava rocks from a matured filter). Sponges compress to fill in all the gaps of a the tray etc. Mike at DIYaquapros has a video of his favorites. The higher the numbers here the better the media. Durability – 9 – it’s lighter than lava rock, but still very durable. The round shape lead to less clogging and the round shape made it easy to rinse. 0.65%. If you use any of these and you have cycled aquarium with 0 Ammonia 0 nitrites and have some nitrates there is NO need to upgrade. Durabilty – 10 and 7 – The cheap ones broke and the fluval ones didn’t. BioHome 2.5 30. But I can’t imagine that biohome has anaerobic bacteria. Pondguru talks about Biohome and gives some convincing reasons why bio home is the best media, based on nitrate reduction. Maintenance – how difficult is it to clean, how often do you have to clean it. You can use it as tank decor this stuff works. But I have never used it, the pricing and availability make it an unwise choice for me. that divet foam is cheaper than the poret. Small lava rock … Broken or Whole it doesn’t matter to bacteria. Lava rock is cheap, yes, but over the long run it is a maintenance nightmare. I had no ammonia, no nitrites, and some nitrates(which is the goal of any aquarium filtration system). These get a higher rating than plastic bio balls just because I feel that the bacteria can cling better to the media making it a little less susceptible to mini cycles. Ceramic Rings 2 40. It is manufactured from a porous ceramic material with a high flow-rate and surface area. As stated, this is my experience and what I feel comfortable recommending. There is a reason why many fishrooms and local fish shop use sponge filters; They are very effective biomedia And mechanical filtration. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Biological filtration media is a type of filter media designed to provide a place for the bacteria to settle on and form stable colonies. While fish will tolerate nitrates in low levels. ( Log Out /  Well into the 1990s I tested and improved the size and type of Lava Rock I … 20-08-2005, 01:41 PM Yes it has lower setup and maintenance scores than other, but if in a proper set up those become negligible. Durability – will it need to be replaced anytime soon. Because this is a combination biomedia and mechanical media I actually had very good result as far as getting very clear water. Diy forums I would add a Pothos plant or other plants it or tried! – 1 – this stuff works clog my concern would be when rinsed do you the. 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