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#1 rbhill75

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 02:10 AM

So i have a gallon of black sinking  bio flo 9 media. (Bio Flo 9 media is like K1).  I ordered from smoky mountain bio media. Super great company. There customer service is like no other. Cost the same as K1 and comes in black. anyway. What the heck should i do with it? What do you guys do with it? If anything?


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#2 rbhill75

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 05:35 AM

Put some in my old school hot magnum hang on filter. I have a whole bunch of this stuff left. 



#3 littlen

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 08:38 AM

I think it is meant to be used in the same manner as the K1 media---suspended in a sump chamber.  But your design would have to be such that you have some upwelling (for a lack of a better term) to keep it suspended off the bottom since it sinks.  I'm sure you could easily google/youtube search some videos on setting up a sump design specifically for the bioflow media.  

Putting it in a hang-on or canister is fine, too.  It's still providing a good area for BB to grow.  


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#4 littlen

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 09:04 AM

I'm in the process of building a sump and came across this picture online from another forum (MFK: https://www.monsterf...p.697379/page-4).  They're not necessarily talking about the usage of filter media, but the picture is what I had in mind for you if you build a sump.  What I would do with your media is put it in the middle chamber, above the egg crate/below the drip plate.  I'm not sure how big the media is, but you might have to put a screen over the egg crate to keep media from falling through.  Anyhow, you could put a large airstone or recirc pump under the eggcrate which would lift the media and keep it in suspension.

 

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#5 rbhill75

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 03:34 PM

I was thinking the same thing nick. I put some in a bag and sat inside my sump for a minute. I'm gonna seal the bag so it cant come open, then leave it in there. A gallon of this stuff goes a long way. There seems to be tons of it. I have a gallon of floating media on it's way for my 10 gallon sump. I guessed at how much to order when i purchased it. I guess ill have extra. Hmm Since i have the filter media for a new tank i guess i better start working on that 125 hahahahaha gotta have room for the sunfish right 



#6 gerald

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 10:04 PM

What's the deal with suspended vs stationary media?  Doesn't it have the same fixed surface area for microbial growth either way?


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#7 littlen

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 07:17 AM

The difference being suspended media doesnt allow for any debris settlement (common to sumps!) on the media that would otherwise take up valuable B.B. real estate. Essentially a fluidized bed filter.
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#8 elting44

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:24 PM

The difference being suspended media doesnt allow for any debris settlement (common to sumps!) on the media that would otherwise take up valuable B.B. real estate. Essentially a fluidized bed filter.

 

Agreed, typically it is in a section of the sump by itself, that is designed in a way to allow water to flow through but keep the media in place. This section is kept in a constant state of motion via airstones or powerheads.  The media is constantly moving and knocking into itself, which provides 2 functions.

 

1. It keeps it clean of any debris so no cleaning maintenance is required

2. It will knock off older less efficient BB so that newer more efficient BB can grow.

 

I don't have any experience with Bio Flo 9, or K1 in general.  But I have 6 gallons of K1 that I will be using in my 55g sump for my 135g.  I am hoping the airstones I ordered come in the next few days, and I will take some pictures and post em.


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