The secret lies in its unique geometric design that significantly increases the surface area to grow more beneficial bacteria. Biofiltration is the natural action of bacteria to break down dangerous ammonia, converting it into nitrite, which in turn converts nitrite into less toxic nitrate.
What is a biological medium? A biological medium is any inert material that contains colonies of beneficial bacteria that break down ammonia.
Biological media is usually placed in your filtration system, and water is forced through, bringing in the nutrients and oxygen that bacteria need to complete their nitrogen cycle. Does the biofilter media need to be replaced? Removal or replacement of media can severely deplete beneficial flora. A discoloration or film found on the media indicates healthy bacterial growth. However, if the medium is clogged, you can use pond water to gently remove some material to improve flow.
What conditions do beneficial bacteria need to grow properly? Beneficial bacteria thrive in conditions with ammonia or nitrite as a food source, temperatures above 55°F, and plenty of oxygen. Fish waste and decaying food and plants provide ammonia, while the water moving over them provides oxygen.
Once the beneficial bacteria are established in your biological medium, they are very difficult to destroy unless over-cleaning, using chlorinated water, or using certain drugs such as antibiotics. What maintenance is required for biofilter media?Check your filter regularly to ensure particles are not clogging the biofilter media and reducing efficiency. The biological medium should not be replaced unless it becomes too clogged to function. It can be simply flushed with pond water to unclog and improve the function of the biofilter. In most cases, it is recommended that filtration systems include mechanical media to filter particles out of the water before they reach the biological media. This will slow buildup and help prevent clogging. Please check my store for other specials. Light shooting and different displays may cause the color of the item in the picture a little different from the real thing. All dimensions are measured by hand, there may be small deviations. If you are not satisfied with the item, please contact with us. Any problem, please feel free to contact with us. We care about our valued buyers, if you have any questions, our Customer Service staffs will be very glad to help you. We try our best to reply to your emails as soon as possible, however, due to high volume of daily incoming emails and time zone difference, we may not be able to reply your emails immediately. About item:For the functional products in our shop, we make sure that the functions are the same as description, but the actual color and shape may looks a little different from pictures because of the technical improvement and manufacturing variance. This item is in the category "Pet Supplies\Fish & Aquariums\Filter Media & Accessories". The seller is "glhk05" and is located in this country: CN. This item can be shipped worldwide.