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Aquarium Filter Media

Filter media is the backbone to your aquarium. Filter media is a large category consisting of items like filter floss and pads, activated carbon and biological material. Each of these filter media are critical for maintaining a healthy aquatic environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Filter media falls into three categories: biological, mechanical and chemical which can consist of filter pads, chemical and bio media.

Filter media helps trap debris and waste, absorb contaminants and nutrients, clarify water, and grow healthy bacteria. Filter media is important for keeping the water clean, parameters stable and the nitrogen cycle stable in the tank.

Mechanical and Chemical filtration, like filter pads and carbon should be changed with your monthly water changes. Biological filtration should not need to be changed unless it has become damaged or deteriorates.