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    what is the very best filter media?

    what is the BEST filter media? JR

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    Best for what???

    Cleanest water after filtration?

    Diatomaceous earth followed by activated carbon.




    Biofilm substrate that does not clog or channelize?

    Biobarrels.




    Cheap purchase price and long lasting?

    Pea gravel.



    Best for making esoteric claims at the bar?

    Infrared emitting ceramics.


    For taking up a small space and doing a big job?

    Sand in a fluidized bed.



    For me, right now, I like the little gear cog media like you find in an Ultima II or that k1 type stuff in a dynamic bed.

    But I don't beleive you can determine which media is best without knowing what you are trying to accomplish.

    Brett
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    THE best huh...
    Anything I can throw in any type of chamber, settlement, static, fluidized, TT, BS, and get rid of fines while bioreacting equally well. K1, K3, Bee Cell, Bioballs, all measure up pretty well so long as space is not an issue.

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    Why do I get the feeling this is a trick question?




    Eddie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pleakpond View Post
    Why do I get the feeling this is a trick question?




    Eddie
    Same reason as the rest of us, but ya gotta start somewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbreeder View Post
    Best for making esoteric claims at the bar?

    Infrared emitting ceramics.
    Don't forget the flux capacitor!

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    The one that works in my application and will be maintained so as not to foul.

    Grant

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    I really wouldn't be able to give you the reason why, but almost all the people I respect in this hobby use mats (usually J-mats) and in many cases, almost entirely J-mats. As do many breeders in Japan, I believe. If it is good enough for all these people, it can't be bad for me!

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    I do not know if there is a best................I think a mix of different medias would be best..........as in J-mat, moving bed & bakki shower (as an example)

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    Just in the same way that we share our views with keeping Koi, as keeping water. meaning that if the water is kept well so will be the koi.
    good bacteria and Koi have much in common. they need food, air, and the right PH to live comfortably. Fortunately for us we can serve both masters in keeping water.hence all the monitoring tools available to judge how we're doing.

    Tho I have used most of the filter media available to learn from, if I had to narrow it down to what I felt did the best job over the decades, it would be a drip rod style bioball in a trickle tower with air introduced into the bottom of the tower and vented out at the top. The detrious (fines) ends up in the bottom tray where it can be easily eliminated.

    I agree with Brett that there are many different filters that do better for a particular job or use, but for basic filtration, a filter that does not act as a mechanical trap, and provides lots of air mixed with water
    as the basic concept that seems to work best for me.

    I did wince tho when Brett mentioned peagravel. I am not a proponent of anything that traps waste mechanically and has to be cleaned.
    Dick Benbow

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