Bio Media??

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Re: Bio Media??

Postby Arny on Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:55 pm

fish 4 life wrote:
Arny wrote:The bio media needs to be below water. Airstones can also help the water flow around your tank


Well most are below the water put the top is sticking out.. This okay?

If the majority is under water you should be ok
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Re: Bio Media??

Postby bertie 83 on Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:56 pm

If it's just the filter outlet poking out the surface that is ok
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Re: Bio Media??

Postby kcartwright856 on Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:58 pm

If the bio media is sticking out, you either have too much filter floss or you have the bag of media in too tight of a ball. It should be more like a layer.

You only need a one-inch layer of filter floss. Any less might be ineffective, any more can reduce your filter's flow. There is plenty of room for one sponge, one inch layer of floss, and the bag of media in your AquaClear. If your bag of media is in a ball, try putting it in a nylon stocking so that it's more of a layer.
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Re: Bio Media??

Postby fish 4 life on Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:10 pm

kcartwright856 wrote:If the bio media is sticking out, you either have too much filter floss or you have the bag of media in too tight of a ball. It should be more like a layer.

You only need a one-inch layer of filter floss. Any less might be ineffective, any more can reduce your filter's flow. There is plenty of room for one sponge, one inch layer of floss, and the bag of media in your AquaClear. If your bag of media is in a ball, try putting it in a nylon stocking so that it's more of a layer.


Well i have the 1" sponge at the bottom, 1" of carbon, 1" or filter floss, Then the Bio media one top and most of the bio media is under water.... I will most i pick when i am done with my Homework....
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Re: Bio Media??

Postby bertie 83 on Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:48 pm

Scrap the carbon, it's only needed when trying to remove meds etc from the tank
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Re: Bio Media??

Postby Pufferpunk on Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:49 pm

OK, there's your problem! Toss the carbon, you don't need it. Keep it aside, in case you ever need to remove meds from your system.

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Re: Bio Media??

Postby fish 4 life on Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:52 pm

Okay so here is a pic of the Bio Media in my filter.. How does it look?

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Re: Bio Media??

Postby fish 4 life on Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:55 pm

Okay taking carbon out right now !! thanks here is the pic of my tank Still cloudy from sand =[

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Re: Bio Media??

Postby fish 4 life on Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:09 pm

Here is the Bio Media with no carbon..

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The bottom is sponge then 2" of filter floss then the bio media.....

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Re: Bio Media??

Postby Pufferpunk on Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:33 am

Only use 1" floss. Any more is a waste.
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Re: Bio Media??

Postby scpion on Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:41 am

In the mean time, go ahead with the cycling. Btw, fw or bw? The cloudiness is really nothing to worry abt.
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Re: Bio Media??

Postby RTR on Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:30 am

No. Under water means under water.
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Re: Bio Media??

Postby bertie 83 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:22 am

Pufferpunk wrote:OK, there's your problem! Toss the carbon, you don't need it. Keep it aside, in case you ever need to remove meds from your system.

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Re: Bio Media??

Postby fish 4 life on Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:46 pm

scpion wrote:In the mean time, go ahead with the cycling. Btw, fw or bw? The cloudiness is really nothing to worry abt.


Its bw the Ph is 8.2 .. Thanks for your help guys
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Re: Bio Media??

Postby FADE2BLACK_1973 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:16 pm

LOL! Now that is team work. I also agree with everyone else. And you can add a good "bacteria in a bottle" like Tetras "Safe Start" to your Bio Max (bio media). Helps get things started.

But also want to add one thing about carbon. It is also good for smelly tanks. Sometimes water changes dont help with smelly water. Some of us dont have the greatest water coming out of the tap and some dont have RO units either. So carbon has another job, other then removin meds but only use when needed though, imo.
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