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Old 05-23-2006, 01:26 AM   #1
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bio balls or cermic rings?

which do you think is better the plastic bio balls or ceramic rings, and why?
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Old 05-23-2006, 01:29 AM   #2
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I personally think the ceramic rings are better as they are porous and the bacteria sticks in the holes more than with bio balls. I use both but when I rinse the bio balls they come much cleaner than the rings proving to me that they bacteria doesn't stick as well to the plastic.
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:02 AM   #3
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I personally think the ceramic rings are better as they are porous and the bacteria sticks in the holes more than with bio balls. I use both but when I rinse the bio balls they come much cleaner than the rings proving to me that they bacteria doesn't stick as well to the plastic.
exactly right.
ceramic rings have the potential to hold more bacteria.
However, according to the instructions, ceramic rings are supposed to be changed every 3-5 months.
Whereas bioballs NEVER need changing.
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:43 AM   #4
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I use ceramic rings. I guess maybe we need to start changing all of ours out because we've had them in the canisters for a good 10 months now.
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Old 05-23-2006, 12:25 PM   #5
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I use both and have never changed them--it's been years for some of the ceramic media.
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yeah everything i have ever seen said u never have to change the rings or bio stars..
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I use ceramic rings. I guess maybe we need to start changing all of ours out because we've had them in the canisters for a good 10 months now.
Heh, I've been using the same ceramic rings for 2.5 years now. No issues. But yes, mine did come with instructions to replace them every 6-12 months.
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Another vote for ceramic rings. And they never need changing. Just an occasional rinse in tank water if they start looking a little plugged up.
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Possibly another ploy by manufacturers to get more sales. Reminds me of the "replace filter cartridges every 3 to 4 weeks" scam.
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I have two bags of biostars and part of a bag of ceramic rings. I haven't changed them yet. Don't really see the need to. I certainly don't want to re-cycle my tank.
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