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I have an Emperor 400 and an AquaTech 30-60. Both are running just on floss, which is why I think i need to get some media to grow some BB. I'm not cycling any more, just thought it would be helpful to have some more BB. What type of media do you think is the best at allowing bacteria to grow. Rings? Sponges? Thanks!

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Ceramic rings. There was a big debate over which one was best in the subscriber section the other day. :rofl I think it just comes down to personal preference.

Some of us prefer this :whistle

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753122

While others prefer this:

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753126

Those seemed to be the ones people used the most. :D

I'm not very familiar with the AquaTech but I had 2 Emperor 400s. What do you have in the gray cartridges? That's is what I filled with the ceramic media. :D

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I'm not very familiar with the AquaTech but I had 2 Emperor 400s. What do you have in the gray cartridges? That's is what I filled with the ceramic media. :D

I bought two more grey cartridges, threw out the replaceable ones, and all four are filled with floss. I know floss is good for BB because of its immense surface area(right?). I know that rings have more, though. I can definitely empty two and fill with rings.

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Floss is generally used more for mechanical filtration. I would definitely fill 2 of the gray cartridges with ceramic rings. I would suggest doing only one at a time because I'm sure you've got some BBs living in your floss. After you replace the floss with the rings, test your water very day or two to make sure you're not getting a bump in your cycle. I would wait 2-3 weeks and then change out the other filter floss for more rings. :)

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Remember that you will not be increasing the size of your BB colony. They only populate enough to take care of the waste efficiently. You will, however, be providing more of a place for them to spread out and/or a better environment for them to live in. Both of these will help your BB do a better job of filtering the water.

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Ceramic rings. There was a big debate over which one was best in the subscriber section the other day. :rofl I think it just comes down to personal preference.

Some of us prefer this :whistle

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753122

While others prefer this:

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753126

Those seemed to be the ones people used the most. :D

I'm not very familiar with the AquaTech but I had 2 Emperor 400s. What do you have in the gray cartridges? That's is what I filled with the ceramic media. :D

:) go with link 1! You get more for your buck ;)

I need to get those soon!

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Ceramic rings. ?There was ?a big debate over which one was best in the subscriber section the other day. ? :rofl ?I think it just comes down to personal preference. ?

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Some of us prefer this :whistle

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http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753122

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While others prefer this:

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http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753126

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Those seemed to be the ones people used the most. ? :D

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I'm not very familiar with the AquaTech but I had 2 Emperor 400s. ?What do you have in the gray cartridges? ?That's is what I filled with the ceramic media. ? :D

I have both of those in one filter lol

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I also wanted to mention Seachem Matrix. http://www.seachem.com/Products/product_pages/Matrix.html I got mine through Amazon for around $12-$13 and it offers a ton of surface area for those BBs to hang out in. Just food for thought since you are considering options.

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Sponge filters are also good for bb surface area. They are super cheap and you run an air pump to power them. Since I add bubblers to all my tanks instead of bubble bars or wands I attach a sponge filter, it does two jobs, more filtration and aeration :)

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Sponge filters are also good for bb surface area. They are super cheap and you run an air pump to power them. Since I add bubblers to all my tanks instead of bubble bars or wands I attach a sponge filter, it does two jobs, more filtration and aeration :)

That's a great idea!

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