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Old 11-18-2007, 11:18 PM   #1
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Bio Balls vs Ceramic Rings

Do they perform the same function? Are they interchangeable? Which is better? I have both, but am having trouble with the bio balls because they float and wreak havoc with opening and closing my canister filter because they get in the way.
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They are supposed to perform the same function (i.e. host aerobic bacteria) but IMO the ceramic media provides a larger surface area and therefore does a better job. I use Seachem's Matrix myself which is similar to ceramic rings.
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I have both, I also find that non antibacterial plastic pot scrubbers work very well. They have lots of surface and are very porous to hold bacteria very well.
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I would have thought bio balls would have more surface area. with all the little posts and all.
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Has anyone else had trouble with bio balls getting in the way of the baskets, and other moving parts when you open up your canister filter?
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Bio balls are a poor choice in a canister, as they offer little surface area for the space they take up. Even pot scrubbers are better, as mentioned.
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Everything I've studied says scrubbies (plastic) are the way to go. Cheap too, until the makers catch on.
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I'm not sure what plastic scrubbies are. Does a Scotch Brite qualify if it's not impregnated with any cleansers, or is it something else?
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Found them on amazon.com for $16.23 including S&H.
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