Best Filter Media: Our Top Picks

Best Filter Media
Best Filter Media

Selecting the proper filter media for a saltwater aquarium will be one of the most important decisions to make when keeping up with your tank maintenance. Filter media has a crucial role within our aquariums to keep our water clear and free of excess nutrients such as nitrate, ammonia, and phosphate. With the increased focus on nutrient export, manufacturers are producing more and more filtration media that is capable of removing these pesky nutrients. With all of these great filter media options on the market, it can be quite daunting to make the proper selection. If you have any questions on which media makes the most sense for you, our customer care team would be more than happy to assist you. 

Within this article we will make filter media recommendations for a variety of aquarium needs. Regardless of what you are needing from your filtration, we have the media for you. We will first take a look at a media that keeps your water polished and another one that can remove heavy metals. Then, we will take a look at a product that can remove phosphate as well as one that will aid in biological filtration. Finally, we will focus on a filter media that can remove both Ammonia and Nitrate. 

Summary:

Keep that water polished: Chemi Pure Blue
Remove those heavy metals: Poly-Bio-Marine Poly Filter
Ditch the Phosphate: Two Little Fishies Phosban GFO Media
Build up your biological filtration: MarinePure Biofilter Media
Maximize your Ammonia and Nitrate removal: Seachem Purigen

Keep that water polished: Chemi Pure Blue

Chemi Pure Blue
Chemi Pure Blue

Chemi Pure has long been a great filter media for anyone looking to improve water quality, PH stability, and remove harmful metals from their aquarium. Chemi Pure Blue is specifically designed to be used within saltwater aquariums to maximize your aquariums performance and make it the best possible environment for the species that inhabit it. This media is a proprietary blend of carbon and other unique resins that can also remove phosphate along with any distinct odors coming from the water. Chemi Pure Blue comes in three sizes including nano packets, 5.5 Oz, and a 11 Oz. The nano packets are perfect for small all in one aquariums whereas the 5.5 Oz option is good for a mid sized aquarium and the 11 Oz size is ideal for larger tanks. For each of these reasons, Chemi Pure Blue is our choice for the best filter media to keep your aquarium water polished. 

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Remove those heavy metals: Poly-Bio-Marine Poly Filter

Once metals are introduced to an aquarium they can be very difficult to remove. Luckily, Poly Filter is a great product that can filter out even the most difficult elements to remove including heavy metals. This filter pad has been formulated to remove extremely tough organics and is very similar to a product used for human blood dialysis. Poly-Filter can be cut to size and placed in any hang on back, canister, or sump filter. This filter pad will also turn a specific color when a particular metal is removed by it. The pad will turn blue when it comes into contact with copper, orange when it comes into contact with iron, and red when it filters out aluminum. We recommend replacing Poly Filter every two weeks in order to maximize its filtration benefits. For each of these reasons, Poly Filter is our pick for the best filter media for removing heavy metals from your aquarium. 

Poly Filter
Poly Filter

Ditch the Phosphate: Two Little Fishies PhosBan GFO Media

Two Little Fishies PhosBan Media
Two Little Fishies PhosBan Media

If dealing with constant elevated phosphate readings has been driving you crazy, look no further than the Phosban GFO media from Two Little Fishies. This media has been relied upon by thousands of hobbyists to remove excess phosphate that is harming our aquariums. In order to maximize the performance of this GFO it is best to use it in one of the Two Little Fishies Phosban reactors. The Phosban media can be used in both salt and freshwater aquariums. The recommended dosage for a saltwater aquarium is 50 grams per every 50 gallons and, for a freshwater aquarium it is 50 grams for every 100 gallons. GFO in general tends to have a much longer life than most standard filter media and it can last up to four months in an aquarium without being replaced. Each of these features culminate in the best filter media to help remove phosphate. 

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Build up your biological filtration: MarinePure Biofilter Media

Proper aquarium filtration is about more than just chemically removing particular elements. Having a place that allows for natural beneficial bacteria to thrive is crucial for the ultimate success of any aquarium. The plethora of biofilter media options from MarinePure including their gems, spheres, and plates which contain mass amounts of surface area that is the perfect setting for beneficial bacteria to thrive. Using this media helps aquariums keep a higher bioload and the different forms can be used in a sump, canister filter, or even a hang-on-back filter. The beneficial bacteria that this media hosts are also crucial help remove nitrate and ammonia. Once any of these biofilters start to break down, you will want to replace them but, be sure to let the beneficial bacteria populate the new media before removing any old media. For each of these reasons the biofilter media offerings from MarinePure are our pick for the best filter medias to build up your biological filtration.

MarinePure Gems
MarinePure Gems

Maximize your Ammonia and Nitrate removal: Seachem Purigen

Seachem Purigen
Seachem Purigen

Ammonia and nitrate can be some of the most difficult elements to remove from your aquarium. Over time, both of these can reek serious havoc on your aquarium inhabitants so, it is crucial to remove all ammonia and reduce nitrates as quickly as possible. Luckily for us, Seachem Purigen allows for the rapid removal of nitrite, nitrate, and ammonia. The absorbent properties of Purigen also allow it to remove other organics from your tank water that is making it cloudy. making your aquarium water clean, clear, and healthy for any and all tank inhabitants. The 100 ml bag treats up to 100 gallons of fresh or saltwater. This media also lasts quite a while and won’t need to be replaced for at least six months. The combination of these details make Seachem Purigen the best filter media for ammonia and nitrate removal.

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Final Thoughts:

We hope this article has highlighted some great filtration media options for your aquarium. As aquarium manufacturers continue to innovate, we have no doubt that there will be even more media varieties on the market for any need an aquarist may have. At the end of the day we all want our aquariums to be clean in order to keep our tank inhabitants happy and healthy. Filter media plays a large role in that very concept. If you have any questions regarding filtration media or if you are looking for a more specific recommendation for your needs, please reach out to our customer care team.

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