Pond Filter Media Ideas – Choosing the right filter media for ponds and aquariums can be difficult. Many options are available to the consumer, and with such an array of choices, it is easy to get lost in them. Luckily enough, almost all filter media market works well as a base for water sewage, bacteria, as well as to strain out large pieces of organic material.
Organic pond filter media material may consist of rocks, soil, sand or other natural components. Porous rocks are usually used because they provide enough surface area for good bacteria to grow. One of the up sides of using such items is that they can often be found in your backyard. Play sand is an alternate filter media. Sand is cost effective and good for growing plants in when setting up a biological filter system. Use a few inches of sand to cover a more organic mix of leaves, moss and mud. The sand keeps the base layer from floating and clogging intake valves.
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Using batting pond filter media provide enough surface area for bacteria as well as the “weave” fine to catch the big bits of organic debris from the pond water. To clean the batting remove it from the storage tank and rinse in a bucket of pond water.. Do not use tap water as it may contain chemicals that will kill any good bacteria. Plastic, ceramic and glass give a decent surface area for bacteria, and if the inlet valve is placed where the water will rise through the media, they will strain debris as well. A combination of these materials is effective for filtering pond or aquarium.