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. 5,750 square feet of surface area. Resistant to clogging and greatly reduces tank maintenance.
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
Didn't work for me By Jared on 11/22/2017Jared wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWe already have plenty of rock in tank no ammonia nor nitrites. Was trying to see if this would help with nitrates. It sadly has not worked for me. And it does crumble and make a mess after it has been in water for awhile
Fragile By Vinny on 11/19/2017Vinny would recommend this product to a friendLowered my nitrates but after about a year I went to move it’s location from 1 chamber of the sump to another and it completely broke apart into sand. Beware where ever u place this thing will have a lot of loose particles if touched or moved. GL
Great product By ReeferQ on 11/19/2017ReeferQ would recommend this product to a friendHad trouble with rinsing. Took longer than expected. Been using for 7 months now and have had no negative affects shown in the BRS investigates about the trates rising back up. Keep in mind. They had no skimmer to lighten the load on the anaerobic process. To begin with this, I recommend dosing vinegar for a week or two to really populate the bacteria in the tank. That, along side with a bunch of rock in display, should really get this dialed in to see your trates drop within the first few weeks. Good product. Ridiculous how porous it is.
get the bigger one By Jack on 8/9/2017Jack would recommend this product to a friendThis stuff is great, holds a bunch of bacteria. But YES, it IS very fragile. Think of it as a big crumbly chocolate chip cookie with holes (seriously) in terms of structure. Also, the 1" version is more than half the price of the 4" version. Which means for less than double the price of the 1" version, you can get the 4" version = which is FOUR times the product at less than double the price. Get the bigger one, and use a hack saw to cut it to your desired size.
This really works! By Gerardo on 7/19/2017Gerardo would recommend this product to a friendI've had my phosphates and nitrates at reasonable levels. After I put the 8×8×1 block in my levels dropped about 1.5 in phosphates and nitrates. Now I'm at about .05 or less phosphateso and 0 on nitrates. I installed it in a 125 gal. tank with a 75 gal. refugium.
Not for me By danny on 7/10/2017danny wouldn't recommend this product to a friendPersonally purchased this to help with nitrates which seems to be the only reason we have lingering algae. Product did not work for me - still dosing vodka for nitrates and still have algae. YMMV
Good product. By Shawn O on 5/25/2017Shawn O would recommend this product to a friendSeems to do its job, easy to work with.
Stuff is Unbelievable By FLSharkvictim on 5/17/2017FLSharkvictim would recommend this product to a friendGoing on week # 3 with just 1 8x8x1'' plate and so far so good. It's lowered my Nitrates already to Almost zero! I sawed very easy the Marine pure to custom fit under my sponge in the bubble trap area in the sump. I just order another box of the 1/2' spheres so they can be placed in my refugium area along the side of my Miracle Mud tray and my mangroves. 5 stars across the board and for the people that checked off only 4 boxes instead of 5 that ridiculous, since it's not Marine Pure's fault it got broken during transportation, that's UPS, FEDEX OR your finest United States Postal service at work.
Great Flter Media By POWERRANGR on 5/10/2017POWERRANGR would recommend this product to a friendI bought one of each size for my 90g. The 4" is in the refuge and the 1" is under my skimmer to raise it up to ideal water level with the trigger sump to the max height. Each piece arrived intact and with lots of rinsing, are not breaking apart in my sump. I can use the 1" for a quarantine tank if needed as well. Would buy again
Who Knows By Chad on 3/25/2017Chad would recommend this product to a friendI think it's working? I have a small plate in my sump to help with surface area. I am not sure if it is helping reduce nitrates but maybe helping to hold them steady? I don't routinely stare at the sump so I haven't noticed any bubbling from it. The loss of a star is due to A LOT of fines coming from it, even after rinsing it for a solid 20 minutes.
Worthwhile, but fragile By Greg on 2/26/2017Greg would recommend this product to a friendUsed this to replace foam in my Reefer 250 bubble trap. This stuff is very delicate -- I ordered two. one arrived broken in half... and they're delicate to the touch. Don't put them somewhere that will subject them to mechanical agitation.
Super BioFilter By Jeff C on 2/16/2017Jeff C would recommend this product to a friendIf you're not using MarinePure to supplement your biofiltration, why are you still waiting? This little 8x8x1 block will substantiate 30gallons by itself, that means you don't need as much in the display, giving you the best opportunity to play with your aquascape and get creative! I have a 46g Bowfront and 1 block of this and had a blast getting my scape perfect for our home!
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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.
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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!
The Triton Method utilizes a refugium with algae for nutrient control. Ceramic media does not remove nutrients in the same manner that macro algae does and couldn't be considered an alternative to a refugium. You could absolutely try it out to see if it will work for you, however to follow the Triton Method in its entirety you would need to follow their specific methodology which includes a refugium. :-)
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!
Would you guys prefer this media before or after cycling of a new aquarium?
Is there any difference on wheter i put it in now or wait til' the cycling period is finishe
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!
get a block, is there such thing as over kill?
Question is, will these allow enough flow through the sump or will they block the flow through the Trigger symbol and cause the water to flow over the blocks?
Have a great day!
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.