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Custom Aquarium Filtration

Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
Aquarium Filter Selection Guide 
Chemical Filter Media Selection Guide 
Biological Media: Types & Benefits 
Custom Aquarium Filtration

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 boost filter performance in ways that other media cannot.

Marineland Diamond Chemical Filtration Media 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.

activated carbon The most commonly used example 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 chemical filter media 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.

resin Two Little Fishies PhosBan Reactor 150 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 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.

media reactors For optimal results, invest in a media reactor which utilizes loose chemical media such as activated carbon or resin to deliver unparalleled chemical filtration.

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