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    Discussion in 'Setup and Filtration' started by M@T!@$, Apr 2, 2017.

    1. Dieselhybrid

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      Yes that will work. those are expanded clay pellets that have been kilned and heated. I used them extensively in hydroponics and aquaponics setups. They are very porous, enough so that they float before becoming waterlogged. I have seen setups where the fish live in a reservoir, then a pump pushes water through a bed of these clay pellets (I prefer hydroton brand) that acts as the biological media for the tilapia and rooting substrate for kale, and other veggies. symbiotic system works great.

      It's cheap, and quite porous, more so than even lavarock. This is a quality, budget media that is a decent compromise. Just make sure you rinse the heck out of it. I find when using it as hydroponic medium that if I rinse bags thoroughly with hose water, then put into pots and add pure RO (20ppm) the ppm rises to about 550 overnight and ph rises. I have to rinse with pure ro 2/3 times to leach all of the salts out of the pellets. be aware of this and rinse it a ridiculous amount. Once properly rinsed and leached of salts it's a fairly inert medium that is safe for fish.
       
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      Ok I may put it in one tray. I will be sure to rinse it. Does this stuff break down easily in canister filters?
      I don't have any ro water, so I'll just plop some in a bucket and rinse for a while
       
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      I put it in laundry bags and into the kiddie pool with the hose. rinse rinse rinse, move it around like a tea bag you'll see the brown come off of it. After you hook it up in the canisters, do a couple back to back water changes to flush and leach salts again. this is before you add fishes.

      I also use laundry bags to hold it inside of the canisters. But I use Eheim 2262 which has no inserts, basically a hollow fx5/6 so I can fit a huge bag inside. You might need to get creative with smaller bags or panty hose and zip ties kind of thing to fit into the plastic inserts your filter has.
       
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      Placed in an order for the 4 bulkheads. Wanna leak test before building the stand.. After that it's stand work, getting to canisters and inline heaters in, and building 1 new lid as I broke the old one.

      Got some driftwood soaking in the pond, hoping to get it water logged
       
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