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So I've been wondering.... what natural filter media is out there except for gravel/substrate?
 

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Christo101 said:
So I've been wondering.... what natural filter media is out there except for gravel/substrate?
I'm a little unclear, are you asking about natural filter media, or natural substrate? If you're referring to substrate, some planted tanks use sterilized dirt.
 
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Natural filter media but not sand or gravel or substrate. People put sand/gravel/substrate in their filter as an alternative to man made filter media. So now I'm asking is there any other types of natural filter media?
 

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Christo101 said:
Natural filter media but not sand or gravel or substrate. People put sand/gravel/substrate in their filter as an alternative to man made filter media. So now I'm asking is there any other types of natural filter media?
What kind of filter do people put sand/gravel etc. into? I'm intrigued... can you enlighten me a little?
 

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there are many that could be used. it just depends on what you are wanting to accomplish.

the 2 main ones are what Anders said. peat moss to lower pH, and crushed coral to raise it. Also, there are bio rings that are a ceramic cylinders that your BB will love to live in. They are fairly natural and very commonly used for BB in filters.

There are also sponges. These can by synthetic or natural depending on your pocket book.
 

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the only other natural thing I can think of off the top of my head is lava rock due to it being porous. However, there are better alternatives. Is there a plan in your head, or just wondering this?
 
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I'm wondering and planning on using more natural filtration in my tank
 

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Christo101 said:
I'm wondering and planning on using more natural filtration in my tank
plants are a great natural filter as well. Here is some info on this from aquarium wikI
 

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lol, how did we not think of plants?! Always go right past the obvious. IMO, they will be your best natural filtration. Take a plant like hornwort, or anacharis (both low maintenance), and it will soak up a ton of nitrate.
 

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MJDuti said:
lol, how did we not think of plants?! Always go right past the obvious. IMO, they will be your best natural filtration. Take a plant like hornwort, or anacharis (both low maintenance), and it will soak up a ton of nitrate.
Plants are known to remove other contaminants too.
 

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Christo101 said:
I'm wondering and planning on using more natural filtration in my tank
Seriously, look up the DePuy filter.... It's exactly what you're looking for, but you have to build it yourself.
 
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I will look it up,I love DIY projects
 

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Didja find some build ideas? The DePuy filter is designed to replicate the way that water is "filtered" and aerated in the wild. I considered building one to us on a wild betta tank as both a filter and rainmaker, but ended up finding a cheaper option for rainmaking since I already had a filter.
 

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junebug said:
Seriously, look up the DePuy filter.... It's exactly what you're looking for, but you have to build it yourself.
Okay, I looked up the DePuy filter, and Google was entirely unhelpful. The forum search turned up this thread and nothing else. Got any links?
 

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aylad said:
Okay, I looked up the DePuy filter, and Google was entirely unhelpful. The forum search turned up this thread and nothing else. Got any links?
I had the exact same issue. I have a black sash googlefu ranking as well
 

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