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Generally speaking the 8x8x1 plate is enough surface area to handle a 100g tank on its own, so you should have the ability to remove quite a bit of rock. Just make sure to do it slowly so that the tank has time to adjust and the bacteria that are getting removed have time grow in their new substrate.
From the Marine Pure site 1 block will be just perfect for you!
Thanks, love the services you provide, and I am following the BRS 180 diligent each week.
That is a great idea! In the meantime to help I have included a link to all of the information about tank size and marine pure size. It is divided by Nitrification (the same as live rock to convert ammonia to Nitrates) and Denitrification ( in an anaerobic environment to convert Nitrates to Nitrogen gas) Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The large block will weight just under 3 lbs. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
You certainly can add this into your refugium under the live rock. Depending on the placement the marine pure can work to replace the live rock as surface area for bacteria to convert ammonia into nitrate, or in low flow anaerobic environments can convert nitrates into nitrogen gas. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
You can certainly use this in both high flow and low flow areas to create the different environments within the system! You can select 2 different plates in the different areas to attempt to achieve a low oxygen environment to help convert some nitrate into nitrogen gas. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
There is no positive or negative to using broken marine pure, the surface area will remain the same. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
It does not need to be cleaned and can be left just as standard live rock would. However sometimes detritus and other elements can grow on it which may make cleaning nicer to keep the sump or area clean. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Can I put marine pure in the center section of the JBJ or down in the skimmer section of the sump? I don't want to put it in the refugium section as I'm concerned about the size
This is fragile enough to be broken by hand if needed, otherwise a simple hack saw can be used for an even cut.
The performance will not change however the type of bacteria may change. With the buried media it will possibly harbor anaerobic bacteria which can convert Nitrate into Nitrogen Gas. If the media is left in a high flow area of the sump it will act just like standard live rock and harbor bacteria which can convert ammonia into nitrite and nitrate. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
We have been using MarinePure in our systems for several years and many of us use them on our personal tanks. We have not found any issue from running the MarinePure. We have seen posts about testing showing a form of aluminum silicate however this has not impacted the health or growth of our tanks. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
There are a few different ways and methods to clean the blocks. First of all if you have passive flow going around the blocks you may never need to clean them. We do suggest every month or so giving them a rinse to remove any built up detritus and other matter that will settle in the block. I personally will just fill a 5 gallon bucket during an water change and give it a good rinse while swooshing it around in the bucket. Then simply just placing the block right back where I took it from. Others like giving them a rinse in fresh salt water a bit more often but that is most likely just more work than you need to do.
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These blocks can be cut rather easily with items as simple as a Hack saw. Unfortunately they are still a little fragile with the amount of surface area and breakage may occur while cutting. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
These can be cut using a hack saw if needed! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
It is recommended that they get rinsed once every couple months however not completely needed. We like to rinse them in a bucket of old tank water every now and then to release any loose detritus that may be trapped.
Thanks for the question and have a great day!
I have included a link below to the Marine Pure cubes. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
These will of course work as live rock media and can be placed in any position. Just serves as surface area for the system to grow healthy bacteria.
We have indeed see the posts on the aluminum leeching however to that we have used MarinePure for several years on every office tank without side effect. While the test may still be out we have not found a negative impact of Marinepure and still recommend it for supplementing the biological filtration. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions and we will be more than willing to help.
The media’s composition is similar to natural rock formations. MarinePure provides approximately 150,000 sq. Ft per cu. Ft (510 m2/L) of accessible surface area. The properties of MarinePure create a stable home for a dense population of beneficial bacteria that remove ammonia and nitrites from your aquarium. Some systems will also see a decrease in nitrates. MarinePure will work in sumps, trickle filters, wet/dry filters, hang on the back filters or directly in the tank.
- 100% Tank Tested
- Most technically advanced bio-filtration substrate
- High usable surface area for beneficial bacteria growth
- Open porosity means maximum bacteria exposure to contaminates and promotes excellent water circulation and less clogging
- Designed specifically to target ammonia and nitrite removal and minimizes nitrates
- Inert and chemically stable
- Greater than 80% open porosity
- Provides consistent water chemistry
- Reduces tank maintenance
- Able to support large fish loads
- Can be cleaned, reused and sterilized
Compare MarinePure Products
Surface area (per indvidual piece)
1½” Marinepure Sphere: 240 sq ft
2" Marinepure Cube: 720 sq ft
8"x8"x1” Marinepure Block: 5,750 sq ft
8"x8"x4”Marinepure Block: 23,000 sq ft
Spheres & Cubes
MarinePure Spheres are small, spherical filtration media for use in canister and similar filtration systems. Perfect replacement for bioballs. They are available in 1½” diameters spheres or 2" cubes.
• over 100 times the surface area per cubic inch than any other biomedia such as bioballs
• Stays wet during power outages or pump failure which will keep your nitrating bacteria alive
• Perfect area for copepods and amphipods to thrive and reproduce
• Wet-dry filters
Way too fragile. By Doc on 10/1/2016Doc wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI purchased a block to live in my sump. I have a 180 mixed reef and a 75 gallon custom sump. I can see how the product has a large surface area and would support lots of bacteria but the block I purchased was loosing material and the bag was full of fines. The product has little structural integrity kind of like a sand castle. I was expecting something solid. For the price one would be better off buying a bunch of dry live rock. This stuff is way overpriced. I wonder if it will erode down to nothing.
don't see why it wouldn't work By Ryan on 9/22/2016Ryan would recommend this product to a friendthis has been in my tank for about 2 weeks, I bought the 8x8x1 block and have a 60G tank. its really light when you first get it but once you rinse it you can see how much water it hold. so far so good.
Arrived in great shape By Tim on 9/15/2016Tim would recommend this product to a friendWill definitely order again
great product best customer service By hazmattec on 8/31/2016hazmattec would recommend this product to a friendproduct looks great just getting tank and sump set up so hopefully it works as good. had issue with first one customer service took care of issue with no questions.
Appears to work By Greg on 8/22/2016Greg wouldn't recommend this product to a friendVERY porous, very brittle also, so handle carefully. Mine came fairly intact, and was packaged well. Either it works really well, or my bio pellets finally kicked in, but my nitrates went from 15 to two in about a month. Great item for a sump, could be custom cut if needed.
Great By John on 8/3/2016John wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWorks perfect
Good but... By RC on 7/6/2016RC would recommend this product to a friendI purchased the large block about a month and a half ago for use in my new sump for my 125g. I am in the process of building a custom stand/shelf unit, so it is taking longer than originally expected. The wife wanted to get a smaller tank up and running so she bought me a 24g nano. I set it up, and placed this in the back (sump) for added filtration prior to adding anything else (filtration. I am running carbon and foam filter block as well. Now, I take blame for my mistake as I forgot to soak like the directions expressed, I only rinsed it off for about 10 minutes. With that being said, we went out and got a couple clowns and some cleaner shrimp. Within 4 days, both clowns were dead, the shrimp are still good. I have tested the water and all parameters are well within safe limits. I verified this with three experts (people who have been in the reefing hobby for a long time. This is the only thing that I didn't follow the directions on and I love two fish. I am not sure if I will use this again or not, but if you follow the directions and soak it like it says, maybe you will have better results. The last part, this is VERY VERY fragile, and I have "rubbed" quiet a bit of this off adjusting it in the sump and pulling it out. It looks like a good product, but I am not happy with it (partially due to my own haste).
Perfect! By Deanna on 6/28/2016Deanna would recommend this product to a friendI wanted an alternative to having pounds and pounds of rock in my DT and this seems the perfect product. I am amazed at how lightweight it is, too. Thanks BRS for the wonderful job packing the box for shipping, everything arrived in perfect order.
Next Gen Product By Chris on 6/11/2016Chris would recommend this product to a friendFirst, buy it from a reputable dealer (like BRS). Rumor has it there is a cheap knock-off that has harmful elements. You can find video's about it on the YouTube...
Great material. I bought a 1" plate to replace my biomedia for my 5 gal nano. It is brittle, so cut it carefully or it will chip all over you. I used a sharp knife and steadily worked through the plate with the tip, worked well. First cut I chipped a bit b/c I went too quick. Later cuts were easy. If you do chip it, you can easy superglue it back together.
I will definitely be ordering more for use in QT and other tanks.
Never Again By Clement on 4/26/2016Clement wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI was really excited when I learned of this product. I started by ordering a couple of the plates and eventually orderd a bunch of the 2 inch cubes on amazon. I was lucky in that I started with the cubes in a non DT tank. I put them in a high flow area. WITHIN 2 hours my acropora went from happy to no polyps. A week later and everything was starting to STN. I can fairly pin the blame eon this product because when I introduced it I did not change anything else in the tank.... No water change, no carbon change.... nothing. To be fair I did no rinse the product before placing it onto my tank. However, it did not cause cloudiness. Putting this product in my tank is the worst mistake I have made in over 5 years. NEVER AGAIN.
Fragile By Gus on 4/8/2016Gus would recommend this product to a friendMarine Pure is a must if you have a sump. I was easily able to cut it to fit perfectly on my return chamber but is extremely fragile. I was placing it in the sump little debrie was coming and chips easily. still though great product.
Great product but breaks easily . By 120reefkeeper on 3/18/2016120reefkeeper wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI would have given this a better review but mine arrived broken. The product is very fragile. One of the corners had snapped off and instead of reporting it I chose to use it as is. If I were to but it again I would buy the bigger blocks. It is a great product and holds a ton of water , but it's very fragile.