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    Kaldnes K1 Media

    Can somebody help me with my kaldnes K1 media? Each of these media was taken from different filtration system. Can somebody help me which one of the three is the most advance in terms of biological filtration maturity?
    The one on the left is yellowish in color, the one in the middle is the whitest, and right one has some dark coloring on it.
    I hope that picture is clear enough.
    Thanks.
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    the darker the better............


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    What Graham said. The darker brown, the more mature the bacteria colony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCA View Post
    What Graham said. The darker brown, the more mature the bacteria colony.
    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    the darker the better............

    Thanks for the info guys. Now I know which one of my filtration systems is the most effective.

    Thanks again.

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    If one filter tank has darker K1, that likely means you have been feeding it longer or with more nitrogen (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate) compared to other filter tanks. You might want to check the flow rate of the lighter color tank.

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    i would think the color would also depend on fish load VS. the filtration ability of the pond as a whole and amount of media plus the way it is used-static vs moving bed

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    The one on the left (yellow) is from my Easy Pod.
    The middle one is from a bio chamber after the Easy Pod.
    While the darkest one is from bio chamber of my Nexus 210.

    So the conclusion I get is to increase flow through my Easy Pod? Is that right?
    Can I expect some sort of bio filtration happening in my Easy?

    Thanks.

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    Bio-filtration happens literally everywhere within a pond...we just happen to dedicate an area for it. There is also only X amount of NH3/NH4 being produced in the pond and whatever bio-film gets it 1st, gets the lions share of it.

    So increasing the flow probably wouldn't have much, if any. affect on the bio-chamber after the Easy.

    It really doesn't matter where bio-conversion happens, as long as it's happening

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    Bio-filtration happens literally everywhere within a pond...we just happen to dedicate an area for it. There is also only X amount of NH3/NH4 being produced in the pond and whatever bio-film gets it 1st, gets the lions share of it.

    So increasing the flow probably wouldn't have much, if any. affect on the bio-chamber after the Easy.

    It really doesn't matter where bio-conversion happens, as long as it's happening
    Graham, can you give some suggestion how can I get more from my Easy line?
    I was thinking to lengthen time interval between cleaning of my Easy. Would that help? I clean my easy once a week. Should I do it once in fortnight instead?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e4gler4y View Post
    Graham, can you give some suggestion how can I get more from my Easy line?
    I was thinking to lengthen time interval between cleaning of my Easy. Would that help? I clean my easy once a week. Should I do it once in fortnight instead?

    Thanks.
    If you are using your EAzy as a mechanical pre-filter (the intended use), delaying cleanings will increase the time the captured waste is kept in the pond decomposing. Daily cleanings is great. Weekly is what a lot of folks do, simply because that's the best that can be done with the time available. Waiting more than a week?.... not recommended.

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