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Thread: What shower media do you use?

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    Oyagoi kntry's Avatar
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    What shower media do you use?

    what is that good, cheap, light weight shower media?

    I bought a three US plastics crates, 11 x 15" x 4' long that I need to fill. Michael suggested bioballs and at this point that's my only option but they are a little pricey.

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    kntry,

    According to the products page in Koi Nations, Ultimate Aquariums are selling bio balls for $69.95 for a case of 3,000 1.5 inch balls which they claim is ~3 cubic feet.

    The details given are phone (248) 854-9911 or [email protected].

    I have no knowledge of these guys or whether their product is good for showers, but their price seems better than some.

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    I use lava rock and believe it is superior to everything except Bakki, and is equal to that

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    thanks Roger. There's a company on eBay who sells 40 gallons of 1 inch balls for $190. This should be enough to do all three crates if I don't feel them to the top.

    approximately 250, 1" balls have a surface area of approximately 21.5 sq. ft. Larger balls have less surface area.

    Luke, I agree that's what I used in my shower before. the problem is it's too heavy. It was okay in the little Pepsi crates but I wouldn't be able to pick up these big crates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kntry View Post
    thanks Roger. There's a company on eBay who sells 40 gallons of 1 inch balls for $190. This should be enough to do all three crates if I don't feel them to the top.

    Luke, I agree that's what I used in my shower before. the problem is it's too heavy. It was okay in the little Pepsi crates but I wouldn't be able to pick up these big crates.
    when are you gonna have to pick them up...i loaded mine after they were in place.

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    ...and 1" bioballs have more surface per cubic foot than 1.5" bioballs. That is why I went for the 1" size.

    In March I hope to have the new shower up and running. I can't really complain about the rain we are getting this week.

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    Luke, this pool is going to be temporary so I'll have to move them when I build a permanent pond.

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    I use feather rock in my showers. Nice light and super porous. Waaay better than lava rock in my book--surface area reaches right into its core from a gazillion bubble holes frothed in the volcanic glass. It's hard to find in the smaller sizes (baseball and under), but it can be cut easily with a hack saw or band saw if you need to.

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    The only concern I have with the "feather rock" is because the pores run all the way through some of this stuff, what happens when it clogs with debris/slough off? Seems like there would be more anaerobic material than aerobic at that point, and that ain't too good. I too am looking to add showers to my system. I just haven't decided on the best media for them. I definitely don't feel like spending the big bucks for BH media. What's everyone's opinion on using K1 or Aqua UV's Ultima tube media. Would it work efficiently? I know there's more sq.ft/cu ft than most other media on the market. Does this make sense?

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by koiczar View Post
    Marie

    The only concern I have with the "feather rock" is because the pores run all the way through some of this stuff, what happens when it clogs with debris/slough off? Seems like there would be more anaerobic material than aerobic at that point, and that ain't too good. I too am looking to add showers to my system. I just haven't decided on the best media for them. I definitely don't feel like spending the big bucks for BH media. What's everyone's opinion on using K1 or Aqua UV's Ultima tube media. Would it work efficiently? I know there's more sq.ft/cu ft than most other media on the market. Does this make sense?

    Mike
    I've used mine continuously for almost 2 years now and I've had no problems with the pores getting clogged. I use bigger airy pieces for the water to gush over--some as big as, say, half a basketball--and none ever get submerged. So far everyone has stayed healthy in my pond, no major anything yet.

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