Plastic balls

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  1. JDV

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    Hi All

    Got the below in some filters I baught second hand. Keep or though in the bin?

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    i would def keep!! why would you want to throw away lol!
    is that filter full of bio balls??
    As far as i understand, ceramics hold a lot more bacteria and these are mostly used for wet/dry filtration, but i could be corrected.
     
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    Hi @Ammar , it comes out of a Tetratec EX1200 one basket these plastic balls and one full of ceramic rings.
    I read somewhere its better to replace these with Ceramic rings or Matrix?
     
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    oh for sure yes, Matrix would be first prize, I wouldn't throw them away tho.. they could come in handy in future.
     
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    LOL tanks @Ammar you answer my question.
     
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    :thumbup::thumbup:

    you know what would also be worth it... a small bag of purigen in there.. will make you water crystal clear!!
    i gave my tank the roiboos treatment and struggled to get rid of the red. Purigen took it away overnight.
     
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    I have Purigen in my 2ft planted tank, I use it to take out the Tannis works awesome
     
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    i have 10 bags on order lol!! i don't know what im gonna do with them but it sounded good at the time :p
     
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    LOL 10 bags is a lot of Purigen. I bought 250ml which I divided in 2. 1 in the canister and the other recharged and kept in distilled water until its time to swap
    roughly every 2 months. But I noticed the wood is leeching less these days so I can maybe start swapping every 3 months now.
     
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    Have you recharged purigen does it work by just following the instructions on the tub?
     
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    yip, i have, you need to get the blue jik bottle, dont use any of the sented stuff,
    and for me it took a bit longer than overnight and had to add a bit more jik.
    but its an amazing product, worth every cent
     
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    Yip it works awesome, done it about twice now. the only different thing I do is I use a cheap de-chlorinatetor and soak it in that.
    and then rinse the crap out and then in to the distilled water. When its time to use I soak it in two caps of Prime for 24 hours, rinse and in the filter.
    the only reason I use cheap de-chlorinatetor since prime is crap expensive
     
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    Thank you. Seems its better then carbon and works out cheaper too:)
     
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    @Whoknows yes rather use Purigens, forget about Carbon, Carbon only works a few days in anyway.
     
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    I actually want to change my filters over to Biohome Ultimate.
     
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    I need to finish my bag of carbon first then I might buy this next

    Isn't biohome ultimate extremely expensive
     
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    Its costs about the same as Matrix
     
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    Carbon has slowly fallen off the list of must use in a filter
    I remember 25 years ago, it was a must
    As has been said, it lasts a few days and after that is pretty useless and, can in fact become dangerous as, if you forget about it and leave it for long it can and usually does start leaching the toxins back into the water
    The same applies to Zeolite which some people use to control ammonia

    Purigen is awesome and certainly valuable in removing tanins from the water.
    However, and I dont mean to offend anyone.. its what I have found in our tanks, if your filtration is right, you should not need Purigen to make your water crystal clear or control any ammonia/toxins
    I am not condemning its use, just food for thought.

    Those balls which the thread refers to are actually very good
    Obviously not as good as Matrix but they are good as the are full of holes which create more space for bacteria to grow
    The other balls which are usually light blue with a smooth surface, I have found to be pretty useless
     
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    Hi @MariaS, agree with you on purigen, only reason I have it in my 2ft planted thank is to remove Tannis. Don't have it in my 4ft Malawi tank. I also read somewhere that Purigen is also not good for a new tank as removes the Amonia which is needed for you Nitrogen cycle.

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    So not to bad then I thought it was twice the price of matrix
     

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