Selection Of Filler For The External Filter

Hello again.

I ask you to advise who thinks and advises, and most importantly, uses in his external filter as fillers?
There are new fillers, which is better, which set is more optimal, is it worth using the old fillers inherited? Do they lose their properties?
What is better lava or round lumps, balls of plastic or ceramic rings?
Do I need a zeolite?

I want to do it once and be sure that the rigidity will correct and the water quality will return to normal and clean in moderation.

I live in Moscow. The quality of water is clear to everyone
In the aquarium guppies, gourami, neons.
My vision is: a sponge, lava or siporax, chemi pure elit, sponge.

I used the search on the site, read everything, but something did not find all the answers.

Please advise as much as possible.

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Selection Of Filler For The External Filter

On the fillers in the filters especially not tell. But regarding the correction of the water hardness filter, is it necessary? Firstly constant fuss with the replacement of the filler. Like peat softens water (I may be mistaken) and it seems that it does not last long (again, I may be mistaken)
In general, my plants and fish with shrimp grow beautifully, they don’t complain too much with the local rather hard water.
And I also listened to the advice of more experienced members of the forum, who explained to me a simple truth, it is much easier to keep plants and fish that will live in your water, rather than trying something chemical. Yes, and experience must be gained first, and only then try to change the parameters of water, and keep them in a modified state.
Guppy, neons, I feel great. I will not say for gourams, I did not keep them.
Valisneria, ekhi, ludvigiya, cryptocoryn that grew not understand where, and most plants, also grows well without any shamanism with water parameters.
It was like that in Moscow at one aquarist. In its large aquariums grow and complex, including plants. With large volumes, he hardly shaved something with water. True ground – garden soil. And I think it explains everything.
And regarding the filters. We must wait for the dad.

You are right, better fish under the conditions than the conditions under the fish.
I am interested in what everyone thinks, and then we will decide.
Coal for a month does not suit me. This love will leave. I do that better.
Peat is not my topic either.

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Of course, guppies and gourami, it seems to me, are not killed fish. Guppies breed with mad force.
I bought snails, 3 days ago I threw calves, today snails began to tie.
Therefore, the question arose: what is written in the internet? Found this site. I read a week all that interested. Scored new. I ask.
Actually how to improve or be confident in the chosen path, that’s all.
And so everyone can live even in a bucket of galvanized

Change the composition of the water – it is an osmosis to help you. Only real)))
Filter and fillers easier to raise the stiffness than to reduce. And that is not for long and not stable.
Visibly reduces the stiffness of the ground in the ground. It does not even reduce, but normalizes the parameters.

Profan, I do not think that you will write something in the topic that is not in the search or something that can be done 1 time and all problems will be solved. Aquarism is a rake run …

The filler can be any, but there are a number of important points that, however, for another aquarist will be absolutely unimportant …

For example, a sponge in the outer. Soft fillers can filter water. But it is necessary to take into account that, due to various reasons, the sponge and the synthetic winterizer decrease in volume with time, and the water flow through the filter will significantly slow down. Or vice versa, large gaps will appear, and unfiltered water will return to the aquarium. Sponges will have to periodically wash, and this means – open and climb into the filter. Therefore, sponges are often placed in an aquarium on a water intake tube (prefilter) and on an outlet tube (post filter) …

Siporax (sintered ceramics), perhaps, is good, if it is not destroyed by microvibrations and you do not care about its cost. But you need to consider that this is a commercial product, and it is not more efficient than another filler, and its porosity is small, but a minus (anaerobic) …

chemi pure elit is a much more controversial filler – the filler should be a chemically neutral substrate for microorganisms. And in the best case, the chemical effect of this filler will simply dry out, and at worst – it will fade with chemistry and somehow influence the already very complex biology of the aquarium. But I do not dissuade if you are interested in aquarium novelties, then you need to take, try and write on the forum about the results …

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I prefer plastic balls, rings – a light filler that can be made by myself … I myself use small river pebbles with a 5mm fraction – one drawback is heavy …

But a much larger influence on the aquarium is not the type of filler, but its quantity — a liter “backpack”, a 10-liter external, a 100-liter samp — affect the aquarium in varying degrees … Look for your filter and your fillers – aquarism is a search.

Better than professional fillers have not yet come up with ceramics
or plastic

The most important characteristic is the surface area per cubic meter of filler volume

Better than professional fillers have not yet come up with anything. The most important characteristic is the surface area per cubic meter of filler volume

I agree – "surface area" is the widest field for marketing noodles on the ears and holivar on the forums. Although I like plastic trinkets and there is no replacement for them in professional service of filtering aquarium systems, but the fact that "a liter of professional filler replaces 36 liters of the usual" brings a smile.

but still the fact that "a liter of professional filler replaces 36 liters of the usual" brings a smile.

Colleague, unfortunately I do not own your reading skills between the lines.
Professional is much better in terms of price / quality ratio, since for example a large bag of potato rings of Raschig ceramic (about 25 kg) costs about a thousand rubles. For any filler, the ratio of area to volume is fixed and does not depend on professionalism or generality.

By the way – Raschig’s ceramic rings were used everywhere for wastewater treatment, but now they are moving more to any plastic.

If interested, for general development about professional downloads for biofilters can be read here: Downloads for biofilters

. Now they are moving more on every plastic

I agree – it is more convenient to work with plastic. There are interesting topics on forums where kulibins make filler from plastic tubes and bottles. Thanks for the interesting links ..

Profan, I do not think that you will write something in the topic that is not in the search or something that can be done 1 time and all problems will be solved. Aquarism is a rake run …

The filler can be any, but there are a number of important points that, however, for another aquarist will be absolutely unimportant …

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For example, a sponge in the outer. Soft fillers can filter water. But it is necessary to take into account that, due to various reasons, the sponge and the synthetic winterizer decrease in volume with time, and the water flow through the filter will significantly slow down. Or vice versa, large gaps will appear, and unfiltered water will return to the aquarium. Sponges will have to periodically wash, and this means – open and climb into the filter. Therefore, sponges are often placed in an aquarium on a water intake tube (prefilter) and on an outlet tube (post filter) …

Siporax (sintered ceramics), perhaps, is good, if it is not destroyed by microvibrations and you do not care about its cost. But you need to consider that this is a commercial product, and it is not more efficient than another filler, and its porosity is small, but a minus (anaerobic) …

chemi pure elit is a much more controversial filler – the filler should be a chemically neutral substrate for microorganisms. And in the best case, the chemical effect of this filler will simply dry out, and at worst – it will fade with chemistry and somehow influence the already very complex biology of the aquarium. But I do not dissuade if you are interested in aquarium novelties, then you need to take, try and write on the forum about the results …

I prefer plastic balls, rings – a light filler that can be made by myself … I myself use small river pebbles with a 5mm fraction – one drawback is heavy …

But a much larger influence on the aquarium is not the type of filler, but its quantity — a liter “backpack”, a 10-liter external, a 100-liter samp — affect the aquarium in varying degrees … Look for your filter and your fillers – aquarism is a search.

Yes, somewhere here I read a sensible thought about a nozzle for a sponge right on the intake tube, I was glad that I had come up with this idea from laziness in just a couple of days I came across a piece of advice. This is a super exit. Tk pregubku I can wash once a day.
The rest of your advice accepted.
About what the elite will write. But first we will set the topic of how to check the quality of the water. But that later. All gradually. Thanks for the advice.