While plug-and-operate filters are useful for most setups, in some cases you may want to customize your filtration to better suit your needs. One of the most simple, affordable, and effective ways to customize and upgrade your filtration is with the use of chemical media.
Chemical media can do wonders for your setup, but is frequently passed over by aquarists despite the fact that it is simple to use and can impact your filtration system in ways that other media cannot.
Chemical media can help control phosphate and nitrate levels without compromising water parameters. It can remove toxins that biological and mechanical media cannot, and it is conveniently available in many forms, including bulk, for additional cost savings. Two of the most commonly used forms of chemical media include activated carbon and resin.
The most commonly used form of chemical filter media is
activated carbon. It helps remove a variety of pollutants including copper, chlorine, medications, and other organic and inorganic compounds, and is especially helpful at removing odors and discoloration, making it a must-have for anyone with a showcase aquarium.
A popular activated carbon for freshwater is
Marineland Diamond Blend which is a mixture of Black Diamond and White Diamond. It effectively eliminates dissolved organic wastes and ammonia, and when used with a
media bag can be placed in any filter.
Chemi-Pure makes an excellent addition to your filtration system. This resin blend can help remove trace amounts of heavy metals, copper, and phenol that sometimes seep into water supplies. Chemi-Pure Elite adds ferric oxide to the original formula to remove phosphates and silicates as well. These resins can help your fish live a healthier life - up to four times longer - with fewer water changes. Chemi-Pure's ability to sustain and stabilize high water quality over longer periods of time also make it a great choice for discus and African Cichlid setups.
For optimal results, invest in a
media reactor which utilizes loose chemical media such as activated carbon or resin to deliver unparalleled chemical filtration.