What makes MarinePure® bio-media unique?
MarinePure’s unique combination of open porosity and high surface area, allows a large number of beneficial bacteria to easily access nutrients (ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate). The Nitrogen Cycle can be efficiently controlled.
Why is a bio-filter important?
Ammonia and nitrite are very harmful to fish and must be eliminated. A properly operating bio-filter will result in low levels of both. In the case of MarinePure and other deep porosity media’s, they will also help control Nitrates
What is Thin Bio-Film Technology and what does it mean to me?
The open porosity and vast surface area of MarinePure means healthier bacteria colonies. Clogging is minimized due to the nearly infinite number of paths through the media.
How is MarinePure different from plastic biomedia?
It comes down to available surface area for bacteria growth. MarinePure has 1000 times more surface area than plastic media. With greater surface area, the supporting bacteria growth is thinner, allowing efficient transfer of nutrients. Your filter and pump components can be greatly downsized saving money. MarinePure will also stay wet longer if in the case water flow stops or the media is removed from the filter, allowing the bacteria colony to stay alive longer. Using MarinePure will make a healthier environment for your livestock that is easier to maintain.
How much MarinePure media should I use?
Each system is different because of bio-loads, flow rates, and results desired. Contact Cermedia to discuss how MarinePure can be used your project.
I know MarinePure is effective at removing Ammonia and Nitrites, but will it remove Nitrates?
MarinePure bio-filter media does an excellent job in supporting bacteria which remove ammonia and nitrite. Bacteria based Nitrate removal is a little more difficult as it is very system dependent. Any media for this purpose needs to contain an anoxic environment (very low oxygen) and have a carbon source available. These conditions are dependent on the systems bio-loads and flow rates. Our media, with its deep interconnection pores allows oxygen in the water passing through the media to be consumed. The interior of the media, or smaller localized regions, can harbor the bacteria that change Nitrates to Nitrogen gas. We recommend placing the media in a passive or low flow area for the best opportunity to remove Nitrates.
Will your media become clogged like other medias?
Due to the open pore structure water flows easily through the media and particles are less likely to become trapped. The Thin Bio-Film Technology found in MarinePure allows a thinner film to develop, which, when it sloughs off, is easily flushed. As with all bio-medias, we do recommend a mechanical filter in front of all bio-medias in any flow-through filter design.
Can MarinePure be used directly in the tank or pond?
Yes, MarinePure can pe placed in mesh bags, or baskets, and locate throughout the pond. Contact Cermedia for more information.
What is MarinePure made of, and will it leach anything into my water?
MarinePure is an inert aluminosilicate ceramic that has been fired (at) over 1000°C. It will not leach into the water.
What about cycling? Will MarinePure cycle faster?
While MarinePure is the most effective bio-media on the market, it is still the bacteria that does the work. The bacteria needs time to grow and multiply. MarinePure, with its open porosity, will be the most effective media allowing efficient transfer of nutrients to the bacteria.
Is a mechanical filter needed?
With any flow through (active) bio-filter, mechanical filtration is recommended before the bio-media to remove any solid fish waste, organic debris, and uneaten food.
Where is MarinePure made?
MarinePure is proudly made in Buffalo, NY since 2010.
I’ve been told MarinePure is expensive – why should I spend the money?
If you calculate the cost per surface area of our media versus others on the market, you will see MarinePure is actually more cost effective. It is designed to last for many years, as some competing products recommend changing as often as yearly or less! In large scale situations, due to the reduced size of filters and pumps, and reduced water changes, the cost savings of using MarinePure can be significant.
Does MarinePure plug up and how do I clean it?
If used in an active filtration system, we do recommend good mechanical filtration in front of the media and your media will resist plugging. If you do need to clean the media to remove built-up detritus, a quick rinse in a container with system water will do the job. It can also be cleaned and sterilized using a 7% hydrogen peroxide solution, soaked overnight, if necessary.