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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by big h View Post
    They are EA biochips.EA claimed that different bacteria grew on them The original biochips were black but had a bit of a design flaw in that they sank..
    I think it was more rotifiers and such that they benefited, lots of little micro animals and filter feeders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddyboy View Post
    My ea 150 cost a bomb compared to this pump. And the spare parts or a new diaphram cost as much as my new pump.
    RIP off. EA. It only lasted me 3 years. I binned it in the end. And as you say mate
    Jacob pump is a hell of a lot quite.

    What's these bio chips look like. And have you got a picture of one. Also how much do they cost. Hope your good scamp.
    Oh and a happy new year bud.

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    Hi Fred
    sorry for slow response, been away. I'm good, Happy New Year to you Fred and the family! The Bio chips I use are the Kaldnes ones as above. Here is a link if you scroll to end of it:
    https://absolute-koi.com/subcat324.html

    I have them added as 25% to K1 which is what Kaldnes recommended somewhere. Do they work? Who knows! I have almost zero ammonia and nitrite but then I have total 300litres of media in there. They certainly look brownish in colour. They roll around ok with the K1. Issue I had with them (before my draco) was if I back flushed from Bio side to Eazy to clear the Nexus kiss points at the bottom some of the chips would get through the slots and float into middle of Eazy...but not an issue now with drop in.

    I believe EA don't make them anymore though, which is why surprised they are still on Absolute web site...I think they deleted them when they introduced the micro media, as they didn't want 4 types of media each claiming better than each other! As above you can get some alternatives but not sure what the quality of plastic is like vs the ones I use..

    How's the Draco running? Still pleased with mine!
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scamp View Post
    Hi Fred
    sorry for slow response, been away. I'm good, Happy New Year to you Fred and the family! The Bio chips I use are the Kaldnes ones as above. Here is a link if you scroll to end of it:
    https://absolute-koi.com/subcat324.html

    I have them added as 25% to K1 which is what Kaldnes recommended somewhere. Do they work? Who knows! I have almost zero ammonia and nitrite but then I have total 300litres of media in there. They certainly look brownish in colour. They roll around ok with the K1. Issue I had with them (before my draco) was if I back flushed from Bio side to Eazy to clear the Nexus kiss points at the bottom some of the chips would get through the slots and float into middle of Eazy...but not an issue now with drop in.

    I believe EA don't make them anymore though, which is why surprised they are still on Absolute web site...I think they deleted them when they introduced the micro media, as they didn't want 4 types of media each claiming better than each other! As above you can get some alternatives but not sure what the quality of plastic is like vs the ones I use..

    How's the Draco running? Still pleased with mine!
    Cheers
    Thanks for info mate. I was nt after any.
    Just wanted to know what they was like and was they any good. I had nt heard of them before until this thread.
    And I like to keep up to speed on filter media. ( knowledge). More then anything.
    I am same water quality is very good.
    And the drum and draco are running brilliant.
    My grow on s are doing well. Lifes good.
    Fred


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    Quote Originally Posted by C-T View Post
    This... had the rep in this week and borrowed his sample

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    What do you think of them, will you be trying them?
    how much are they, I was thinking about getting some.

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    The picture above looks like Mutag. About a year ago i obtained a free sample of Mutag as my mum has a garden centre.I have to say they matured very quickly.The only trouble is if you have slotted dividers in your bio chamber they may migrate. Im interested to see size etc of the new Oase media

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sim View Post
    What do you think of them, will you be trying them?
    how much are they, I was thinking about getting some.
    Yep, they're on order, expected to arrive in February

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    I’ll watch out for some feed back C-T.
    How much roughly, and what size packs does it come in.
    also how much would replace say 100ltrs of k1.
    also they were running it on its own is this what they recommend is best, rather than mix with k1.
    sorry so many questions

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    Hi Can I ask why you want to change from K1 ?

    Jazz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sim View Post
    I’ll watch out for some feed back C-T.
    How much roughly, and what size packs does it come in.
    also how much would replace say 100ltrs of k1.
    also they were running it on its own is this what they recommend is best, rather than mix with k1.
    sorry so many questions
    20 litre packs, which would be equivalent to approx 150 litres of K1. Ther are saying to use it on it's own, they find it fluidises better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz View Post
    Hi Can I ask why you want to change from K1 ?

    Jazz
    hi Jaz
    I live in a hard water area k1 and the calcium collects on the media and makes it sink after a while.
    i have found though everyone rates hex-x it sinks a lot faster than k1.
    this new media is like a foam really lite and turns over very easily, it’s also has a greater surface area,
    im changing one of my bio chambers from k1 to jap mat and thought would try the new media in the other chamber, keeping moving bed.

    i will get around to sort ro as this will sort a lot of my problems.

    oase

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    Quote Originally Posted by C-T View Post
    20 litre packs, which would be equivalent to approx 150 litres of K1. Ther are saying to use it on it's own, they find it fluidises better.
    Whats the name of the new stuff>?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Koi View Post
    Whats the name of the new stuff>?
    Oase PondPads

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    Quote Originally Posted by C-T View Post
    Oase PondPads
    Am I right in thinking, if you change 100ltrs of K1 for 40 ltrs of Pond pads that you'll get 200ltrs worth of bio, or do they mean 20ltrs of pond pads are equivalent 100ltrs of K1 in area covered, take up the same room?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Koi View Post
    Am I right in thinking, if you change 100ltrs of K1 for 40 ltrs of Pond pads that you'll get 200ltrs worth of bio, or do they mean 20ltrs of pond pads are equivalent 100ltrs of K1 in area covered, take up the same room?
    Surface area, so more room for bio for a given volume

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    Any prices yet on this Chris Pond planet have it advertised but have no stock.Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by C-T View Post
    Surface area, so more room for bio for a given volume
    Sorry if Im coming across as a bit twp but if I'v a bio chamber that can take 100ltrs of K1, I could use 40 or 60ltrs of the pond pads and vastly increase my bio capacity?

    Thanks Again

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    Yes Tom thats right

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    Quote Originally Posted by big h View Post
    Yes Tom thats right
    Cheers big h, that's a massive benefit then, with 40ltrs of pond pads I'd have a bio capacity of 300ltrs of K1, my Combi will only hold 125ltrs of K1 so I'll be going down the Pond Pad route, Great Stuff

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    Just introduce it slowly Tom so you dont lose any bio

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    Quote Originally Posted by big h View Post
    Just introduce it slowly Tom so you dont lose any bio
    Its ok. big h. ain't got the combi yet, finished filter house build yesterday, that's all water tight bit of finishing off on outside, then doing roof over pond, and hopefully get fibreglassing done, been a nightmare here to be honest, its rained virtually everyday since end of August.

    Thanks for the advice though

 

 
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