gravel for media ??

  1. rtenzo02 Initiate Member

    I was wondering if it would be a good or bad idea to use a layer of Estes Shallow Creek Pebble for filter media in my aquaclear 110 ? The gravel would probley be placed on top of the sponge filter pad. I have a large amount of it since I switched to sand in the tank.
     
  2. Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Hello Rtenzo and Welcome to Fish Lore.

    I think you could use other bio media that would be more beneficial and more porous. Sponges and ceramic bio cubes that are specifically designed for the purpose of collecting bacteria would probably be better. I'm sure if you bagged some of your gravel and put it in your filter it would be better than having nothing at all as the good bacteria will colonize on all surface areas of your tank and filter. Let's see what other responses you receive.

    I hope you enjoy the site and can share some photos with us sometime!
    Ken
     

  3. fishingman001 Well Known Member Member

    i agree with ken. the biomax media that comes with the aqua clears are designed for one thing and that is to hold bacteria. since the biomax is only about $8 and it last forever it is a great deal and IMO better than gravel.