Biohome Filter Media Information
Biohome is a sintered glass filter media constructed mainly from a special sand, recycled glass, and trace elements. Sand is extremely porous and environmentally friendly, which allows for a natural and sustainable surface for bacteria to colonise.
Biohome offers the best possible environment for bacterial colonisation and is capable of supporting aerobic and anaerobic bacteria in a wide variety of filters and varied flow rates. Being capable of supporting the aerobic and anaerobic bacteria it ensures that natural processing of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate can be achieved.
For best results use approximately 1kg per 100 litres (for a normally stocked community tank). This should allow the balance of aerobic and anaerobic action from bacteria to achieve full cycle filtration.
Biohome is an efficient biological filter media and good mechanical filtration must be provided to ensure the water passing through it does not contain any debris that might clog it and reduce efficiency.
As all Biohome media is inert, it allows you to raise or lower the pH to suit certain fish species without having a buffering effect.
All types of Biohome media are made from industrial grade materials to ensure a long working life. Long working life and reliability are standard hallmarks of all Biohome products.
Biohome media products allow both nitrifying (aerobic) and denitrifying (anaerobic) bacteria to grow on and through their unique structure.
Please note: aquariums with heavy stock and feeding (e.g. Cichlid, Goldfish, predator or fry tanks) and marine tanks may require 1.5kg - 2kg per 100 litres to achieve the full cycle filtration which will result in the reduction of nitrates. Do not worry about plant growth being affected in a tank which reads zero nitrates - the nitrate is processed into soluble nitrogen which is easily used by plants, boosting their growth.
Avoid using 'chemical filtration' products such as Purigen when establishing a filter as there seems to be a link between using some chemical treatments and failure of bacteria populations, especially anaerobic bacteria which can be wiped out by unnecessary chemical treatments. If you want to draw in colour from water or residual fish treatments use carbon as it will not kill bacteria.