Why does BRS recommend this?
Biological filtration is the number one key to a nice and stable reef tank, and anytime we can sneak in some MarinePure Biomedia into an All in one tank, sump, or even overflows we will. We have run density tests and they have proved to be more porous than any live rock we could find. They are a great base for sponge growth, microfauna, and even coral frags.
MarinePure is an inert ceramic material with open flow architecture, extremely high surface area and natural wetting properties. A Single 1½” Marine Pure ceramic sphere has 240 square feet of surface area. This means you can fit almost 20 times the surface area in the same space verses bioballs.
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
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
Blocks, Plates, & Cubes
MarinePure is available as 2" Cubes, 8”x8”x1” Plates or 8”x8"x4” Blocks.
• Add to existing tank set ups for additional filtration, simply set the block down in your sump
• Place under gravel bed for new tank set up
• Wet-dry filters
• Blocks are ideally suited for large setups
You can really put them anywhere you like, as long as they stay submerged all the time.
Thanks for getting in touch with us in regards to how much of this product to use. I would recommend that you fill any extra space with this media, as the more you have the better when it comes to biological filter space. I would however consider putting them in large media bags encase you need to remove them for maintenance. Thanks
You would only need 1 quart of the spheres for filtration. Keep in mind the spheres are quite large and will take up quite a bit of space.
Our tanks with Marine Pure do have thriving copepod populations and certainly will work well with your Mandarin.
I hope I made myself clear :S
I have included a link to the Marinepure website with the technical data. This will list exactly how much Marine pure will replace live rock for varying sized systems.
Marine pure can easy be cut to size if needed as well as using the smaller 1.5" spheres. Marine pure currently does not offer a smaller package than the spheres for total amount but may be something they can release in the future! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
They can be run in a trickle tower or submerged! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
We would typically recommend placing the marine pure in the refugium or sump section with average flow to added over the media. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
These will not change or alter the pH in the aquarium. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
There is going to be roughly 75-100 ceramic media balls in a 1g box. If you have an 8x10" area and only want one layer of the balls, that is about 80 square inches. Each ball takes up about 1.5" in each direction so you could be able to have 5 rows of 6 balls in that area (only about 30 balls). If you have a flat square area that you only want to put a single row of them in, I would suggest looking at the block as well.
There is no reason you couldn't use them on a freshwater system.