Polyester Fiber As A Biomedia - Underrated?

Homeslice

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It would seem to me that polyester filter fiber, particularly those ones that have been compressed into those sheets with one side blue or pink or whatever, might itself be a very, very good biomedia, in addition to its obviously huge mechanical filtering ability.

The fiber is very, very fine, so there are tons of fibers, so tons of surface area for beneficial bacteria. And when it has been pressed into those sheets they can be rinsed many times before they cannot practically be reused.

Any reason it would be less effective as a biomedia than anything else?

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they'd probably last a few months. while other bio media can last years.
 

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I've been using the same polyester sheeting in some of my filters for about a year. That's about how long it lasts before it needs replaced.

Ceramics, glass and others last longer as noted prior and does require more cleaning to clear of debris (mostly due to the fact that its good mechanical filtration).

I would not say it is any less effective, but it does require more maintenance.
 

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