I have a fluval 406 canister pump which works great, just need ammonia eating bacteria. Without the beneficial bacteria to “filter” ammonia and nitrite, it would have spiked, which could certainly have caused the cloudiness which is commonly seen in new cycling tanks. 5. Thanks for the kind words and I wish you all the best in the hobby. You see, your ceramic rings will eventually wear down. It's very porous by nature and will likely work, it just depends on how big, how much, and how porous it is. I’m glad I could help. This type of media can reduce nitrates in a tank, where as conventional media only oxidizes ammonia into nitrates, which then build up over time. can all impact the rate at which nitrate is synthesized. Also that it can last anywhere from 10-12 years. How are you? On the activated carbon, it doesn’t really do much except remove bad smells, tannin, phenols and certain medications. Assembled Length (cm): 30.00 cm. You’ll need to figure out how water flows through your filter in order to position these correctly. All the tests correlated well with foam, pot scrubbers and K1 media significantly outperforming ceramic rings, Matrix and Biohome in ALL the tests. A natural porous alternative to ceramic rings. I have a Top Fin Silentstream 40 Power Filter and its chemical filter is built in the mechanical filter (the activated carbon is inside the filter floss). To my belief I thought plants need the nitrates or at least some. Required fields are marked *. The most important function of the media is ammonia oxidation. The second number is the “effective” surface area in square feet per cubic feet calculated from that test. You see, ceramic rings in an established tank, meaning one that has already been cycled, will already be coated in beneficial bacteria. This process is referred to as seasoning. What do you think, is the process flow correct. If I understand you correctly, you replaced your ceramic rings in an established tank? By placing mechanical filtration first, it catches any large particles such as fish poop, dead leaves and uneaten food, preventing your ceramic rings from gunking up. Every tank needs biological filtration and ceramic rings are cheap, readily available and long-lasting. For mechanical, “aquarium sponge” comes in sheets and you just cut it to size. I ordered some and they were to large for my filter. Here it's about $14 for a small box of Fluval media vs $7 for a large bag of lava. In fact I have gone through a lot of your articles and they are well laid down. It has activated carbon inside a filter cartridge bag (mechanical filtration) and a blue plastic bio-cartridge which I think is used for storing BB but I want to add some C-nodes to the back of the filter. I have two aqua clear filters which i love and they make it very simple by showing you what order to place the media. This is why when cycling, the ammonia won’t drop for days or even weeks until the bacteria grow in a high enough number to remove ammonia and keep it at zero. *Cured Live Rock Crumbles; this has been VERY effective for me in canister and wet/dry systems (in place of bio balls or ceramic bio media), rock piles, Refugiums, mud filters and other marine systems for both aerobic (nitrifying) and anaerobic (de-nitrifying) bacterial functions. Mechanical on the bottom, chemical middle and bio rings on top. The ceramic briquette was introduced to replace the lava rock as a cleaner, more heat-retentive alternative. We grill very frequently and I used the same rock grate and rock for eight years. I really wish I didn't spend about $100 over the years on damn fluval/aquaclear ceramic media and just used freaking cheap abundant lava rock that does the exact same thing probably even better. It’s an inexpensive media that you can use for the germination and seedling grow phases. I’m curious how this worked for you. Thank you. I just cleaned filter last night and i cut a new sponge to add in there but im not replacing any bio rings. Thank you in advance. Like other rock growing media, lava rock won’t break down and is a good potting mix amendment for orchids that don’t like to have their roots disturbed. The links below are a complete review of all the filter media, discussions of each media in depth, the calculations needed to work out how much media one needs for various situations and discussions on media which just don’t work as advertised: The 17 chapters shown below in maroon lead to over 300 articles on all aspects of keeping a freshwater aquarium. but doesn’t the sponge in my filter also holds loads of bacteria? If you run a planted tank, test your water. With an assortment of filter media out there in the pond world from filter pads to bio-ribbon to lava rocks to bio balls. I am wanting to use this filtration system for a large pond of 200 x 200 feet dimensions. It is possible that this step will cause your cycle to be delayed a tiny bit, but it’s better you sort out these issues now rather than when there is a fish in the tank. I’m guessing it’ll probably depend on what filter, but it’s worth an ask. This “rule” was confirmed in the scientific literature. More air pockets is better. Cheers, Simon. As for last-ability, Sintered Glass media lasts an incredibly long time. I’m guessing maybe put some of the media in with my cartridge and leave it for a while to let the bacteria transfer, remove the cartridge, and put the rest of my media in, but that’s just a shot in the dark. Unlike regular rocks, these ceramic pebbles are porous, lightweight, and are neither acidic nor alkaline. These plastic balls have been designed to provide beneficial bacteria with many different nooks and crannies to call home. Thank you very much sir. The order depends on your filter. And seems to be the best thing to come into the aquarium hobby world. It's everything that I need/want in biological media. I have no experience in aquaculture and farmed fish. 1. Lava Rock . Don’t worry if you forget to replace it, it won’t leach back into your water. However, if they begin to degrade like regular ceramic rings, you may find it difficult to replace them without them crumbling into tiny pieces which you then have to collect. This was a total of 25 tests using canisters and aquariums. By Bioballs the Amonia breaks to Nitrites and then to Nitrates (as i gathered from your bioballs writeup). Ceramic Briquettes vs Lava Rock. But there are a huge number of falsehoods about filter media spread by equipment manufacturers in order to make money. If a canister filled with lava rock gives zero ammonia and zero nitrite than the lava “works fine”. If you cannot clean your ceramic rings, then it might be time to replace them…. The filter media was put in ten air operated corner filters. It's also very easy to clean, cheap, and lightweight. If you have room, my preference is always a dedicated sponge and ceramic ring combination, added to the filter seperately. An aquarium with no ammonia OR an aquarium with both no ammonia and crystal clear, healthy water. Simply add them to your aquarium filter. Are lava rocks or ceramic briquettes better than metal heat plates? Thanks. Only anaerobic bacteria then have the ability to reduce Nitrates into Nitrogen gas, which then off gasses into the atmosphere. Try and add as many ceramic rings as you can before you swap out the existing cartridges – this will give the beneficial bacteria time to move to it’s “new home” I’d recommend leaving them in this arrangement at least a few weeks before making the complete transition. Just how quickly they accumulate gunk entirely depend on what you have in your tank, but as they clog, it will inhibit the amount of oxygen that can flow over the beneficial bacteria which can result in a die off. Media Ranking and Selection. Chemi-Pure. Lots of pollutants. Ceramic rings are one of the most popular methods of providing biological filtration to freshwater tanks. Raskolnikov's Tanks T. turtlefish AC Members. I’m Currently doing my research to find the best biomedia for my planted aquarium. Fluval, for example, recommends that ceramic rings be swapped out every 6 months. In freshwater tanks, most fish keepers just use regular ceramic rings, in this case it would be Sintomec. I need to extend planting a little as the shrimps took a liking to 3 varieties and stripped them bear so I’m ‘re planting with the 3 they didn’t like ….we really enjoyed your reviews and the one relating to activated charcoal opened our eyes so we’ll be purchasing your recommendation. Many people use a coarser media before filter floss to trap the big stuff while filter floss takes out the fine particles leaving your water crystal clear. Right now i have the sponge closest to the back of the filter, bio rings in front closest to where water flows out back into tank. I was looking at pre-filter sponges and getting baffled, you’ve cleared that up a bit for me, whew. Batu vulkanik atau sering disebut dengan lava rock biasanya digunakan sebagai bahan pembakar tetapi siapa tidak menyangka bahwa media ini tidak hanya dapat digunakan untuk dekorasi akuarium tetapi juga untuk filter biologis. Care should be taken if you use lava rock in your display tank because delicate fins can get snagged and scrapped. I’ve never heard of any filter media that can remove nitrates but a water change or atleast reduce them. I do not know any fish keeper who checks for bad bacteria. As we have discussed in other pages, aquaponics combines aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as fish, snails, crayfish, and prawns) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil) into one integrated system. GrillPro Barbecue Ceramic Briquettes (1) View Wishlist ... Barbecue Lava Rocks distributes heat evenly; Enough for a full size gas grill; Perfect for gas grills or gardens; Lava rock bag size: 7 lb (3.15 kg) bag; SPECIFICATIONS. If you move one of the filters to a new tank, it will need a little more time to catch up to a new fish tank but because you have given the beneficial bacteria a head start in getting established, the cycle will be much quicker than before. Burn Time (hr): 72 h. Assembled Weight (kg): 3.15 kg. Siporax has about the same capacity for anaerobic bacteria as ceramic rings. Buddy is HUGE, and I cant let him go. The 30 ppi foam clogs at four months. These things are designed to break down and not be reused, which is just poor since the filterfloss also houses good bacteria and you are disposing of these each time you toss the filter out, not to mention that replacing it continually is expensive. In some grills ceramic or porcelain briquettes are used to disperse heat, as opposed to a metal plate. Have you heard of this biomedia? Crystal clear water requires twenty times more surface area that does ammonia oxidation, confirmed by controlled testing. This is because crystal clear water is very clean water. What has to be emphasized here is that most people key in on only ammonia and nitrite oxidation when looking at filter media. Higher end barbecues came with ceramic briquettes, which functioned much the same but had the advantage of even heat distribution. should be the first thing that water passes through on its journey through your aquarium filter. Lava rocks are very old solid substances. However, just because denitrifying bacteria help to combat nitrates, it doesn’t mean that you can skip water changes. Hi, my names Ian. Some people comment that it is like as if the rock has glue on it as it stacks together so well. My friend insists that the arrangment of the filter floss and the ceramic rings don’t matter and placed the ceramic rings right under the entrance of the tank water into the filter and stuffed the remaining section where the water flows out with floss. Since the media with the greatest surface area is also the media which will plug up the fastest, this use of many types of media can be counter productive. 3. Yes, you can and they will work just as well, but they potentially won’t last as long as if you left them full sized. Thank you for the lovely feedback. Whether you go all out on one type of biomedia or mix it, the surface area is the most important. Oxygen is consumed by bacteria on the surface of the media which gives rise to anoxic conditions deeper within. It also has a bio-cartridge which is placed after the mechanical/chemical filter. Reader Experiences “I absolutely LOVE the new oasis cubes. A typical large canister filled with ceramic rings, lava rock or BioHome filter media will give good ammonia oxidation with 80 five-inch mbuna and crystal clear, healthy  water with 4 five-inch mbuna. What this does is encourage the bacteria to grow on your new filter media. As for the two filters running, it shouldn’t cause any issues (you can never have too much filtration) the concern would be water movement, since betta do not like strong currents. Cheers , I know it’s a lot to take in all at once but you’ll get there . There are bacteria everywhere. The fact that they state it removes nitrates? Would this increase the variety of beneficial bacteria? The left one is for eating. so the hobbyist takes apart the filter and cleans ALL the media. Whoops! An accurate aquarium test kit is your best friend in this situation. The hallmark of hydroponic gardening is a soil-less growing medium... No soil! Yes, I know I keep repeating it, but it’s important! However, they can also be found in other colors like cream, gray or brown. This makes 30 ppi foam the best static media and ceramic rings the worst media for canisters. This barrier was typically made with a layer of ceramic briquettes or lava rocks heated by the burners to a very high temperature, that would vaporize any drippings that fell on it. can they go in the bottle with out a bag. Most of his canisters were filled with a pretty random combination of Matrix, ceramic rings, lava rock and bioballs. Any help would be appreciated. This is the most common use here in America. It goes mechanical filtration first (foam/sponge) then biological filtration (ceramic rings/biomedia) then Chemical filtration (resin, phosguard, activated carbon). It’s made of sintered glass. You mentioned the order of media depends on how the water flows into the filter- how can I figure that out? They keep your old ceramic rings and new ones separate. Doing so will remove any dust that built up from the ceramic rings rubbing together in the packaging. I can imagine as a scientist you would love this hobby. The author would like to be able to say he knew what this testing revealed all along and has been using 100% pot scrubbers in all his many canisters over the 53 years he has been keeping aquariums. Since all biomedia do exactly the same thing, namely provide surface area for beneficial bacteria to grow, this is just rather humorous. I really want to switch the placement and the ratio but they insist that it shouldn’t matter. I definitely want to get ceramic rings- maybe there’s a specific mechanical media that works well with them? It’s worth mentioning that this is how many fish keepers keep their beneficial bacteria alive during a power outage, when the filter no longer works – with a portable air pump. Deep inside rock and filter media. So if you want to go down this road, it’s a good idea to place your ceramic rings where they will have good water flow – such as directly under the outflow on your filter. If you don’t take away anything else from this article, remember this: Your ceramic rings are home to beneficial bacteria. The food juices drip on to the lava rock, which turns to vapour and smoke. My question is what does it break to these Nitrites. Lava rock and pumice were available well before the ceramic rings, sintered glass, and other options were available. (but are easily removed through water changes). coarse filter media bags are the product you are looking for, these are designed to hold filter media, have wider gaps and only cost a few bucks each. These falsehoods include: These claims are all just marketing hype easily debunked. I know it has good bacteria. Can I use the mesh bags that onions come in from the grocery store? You mentioned that if we replace ceramic rings we will remove the bacteria. It all depends on the size of filter you have. I’m glad you found the article helpful! Dear Ian, I have an AquaClear 50 filter. You will commonly see this inorganic growing medium used in orchids imported from Hawaii. Filter media are very important in a fish tank. Nevertheless, it is definitely a good idea to change the water often, 80% sounds good, or even 100%. From here, your main priority will be protecting your fish, depending on the species, ammonia and nitrite tolerance of most fish is near zero. TheCanuck Fire Eel. Your email address will not be published. Over time, you may notice that your ceramic rings begin to trap waste and restrict the flow of water through your filter. Sera Siporax makes a small version for HOB filters, I think it’s just called Sera Siporax Mini. I also have a cascade pennplex 300 canister filter and that one I stuffed with sponge in the bottom, followed by some ceramic bio media, then a thin layer of padding i ripped apart from an unused aqueon cartridge, then a little more sponge, ceramic, and last a tiny layer a foam from the cartridge since the water flows through in the bottom and just up the filter. Thanks for your time. Ceramic Briquettes vs Lava Rock. I have a 4o7 fluval with 4 trays .the bottom one has filter pads ,next is carbon ,the last 2 are filled with ceramic rings… What order should I have them? Great article! Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and Chlorine. This media enables aerobic bacteria to populate the outer surfaces of the media, while the inner portions of the media house anaerobic bacteria. 4. The rock does not discolor over time and are good heat resisters. And if your ceramic rings become smooth, then less beneficial bacteria can to cling to them and break down the harmful chemicals. I think its been a long narrative sir. The amount a sponge will hold will generally depend on it’s coarseness and structure, but still should pale in comparison to the surface area of a good biomedia. I’m using a lot of ceramic rings for my filtration needs. Kinds of RAS Farming. Many Thanks. You can always use a pre-filter sponge if your filter allows it. 6 Personen sprechen darüber. It makes no difference in performance if you choose to bag your ceramic rings or not. How many ceramic rings do I need for my aquarium? Very informative. Ceramic rings increase their surface area through tiny little pores. Always nice to meet another passionate fishkeeper. Thank you for your article. If you are going to add ceramic rings, make sure you leave your disposable filter in there as long as possible (up to a month) as this will allow any established beneficial bacteria to migrate it’s way to the ceramic rings. It all makes sense now. Kelebihan dari batu ini adalah harganya murah dan mudah didapat … 1. Check out our bio balls guide! In practice, water doesn’t just pass through the filter and over the bacteria once. You are professional and thank you so much for this article really good, and i have a question : JBL.de has many different ceramic rings and they have a product that is named JBL Sintome. They are at least 4 times the size of the original bio rings (stones is abetter description). Why this question because, it came to my mind that if good bacteria finds home in these media then likewise the harmful bacteria shall also find the home suitable. It sounds like you have this correct, working backwards, from the outflow the order would be biomedia (noodles, rings, etc.) I have tripled my ceramic rings and feel so relieved to finally understand the aquarium dynamics. Can I break ceramic rings in pieces and use in small filters? You can also use this method to speed up the cycling process. My two questions. G’day mate thanks for the article. How to find the Best Grow Media for your Aquaponics System. Be careful and don’t expose them to soap, chlorinated tap water or scrubbing. I’m currently doing the same thing, moving a 5″ comet goldfish from a 20 gal to a new 55 gal that I’m setting up using ceramic rings. I was thinking about keeping the old sponge along with the new one just to be sure i dont get rid of any bb. Obviously, I am confused. How do you add ceramic rings to your aquarium? The author simply felt that the media in a filter wasn’t very important and they were all pretty much equal. To this effect, it’s best you just focus on a filter media with as much surface area as possible, since it gives more room for the bacteria to cling to. I don’t see how it would help here. It’s just not enough after reading your article. Hi, really nice article Ian, thanks very much for the informations provided. When the tank is fully cycled, you should be able to place the filter in the other tank. Instead of lava rocks/ceramic briquettes, we came up with what we call Flavorizer Bars, shown below. Frankly, I think most of what is marketed as bio-media is just more costly hype. If you skip this step, the dust could cloud up your tank. Hi, would it be possible to put my rings in a bucket with a heater and air hose, and use bacteria in a bottle with ammonia to jump start my media??? It’s the most affordable. What is being missed is the concept of crystal clear water. It’s in these pores that the beneficial bacteria make their home. lava rock or gravel Votes: 8 47.1% improvised media Votes: 4 23 ... but doesn't clog up like sintered glass or porous ceramic media (which shortly lose the majority of their surface area to clogging). As many as you can fit in your aquarium filter. Isn’t that just like a company to say their product is best? I’m sure you figured out that just because your card said 8.0, it could be anything over. Oh, and I admire you for asking lots of questions! your feedback is greatly appreciated. when food drippings hit them. That is water so clear that if you look down the length of a six foot aquarium you would think the fish are swimming in air. Ceramic rings are designed to have an outer part that has lots of small holes, or pores, and a central hole that goes through the entire thing. Should I just be more patient? This is why I like to use filter media bags. 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