Media for frag tank HOB filter

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Hi guys want another opinion....I've just started a frag tank and have a hob filter....I want to know what you guys think about what media to use ? Going to be a coral only tank with bare bottom and regular water changes..and maybe couple of snails.
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Reply #1

Carbon, and maybe a bit of live rock crumbs, or ceramic rings?

It won't need much biological filtration as corals produce next to no waste, but it'll need some for sure, so a handful or two of either would be good.

It's mainly just flow you need, excellent aeration.
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Reply #2

as above, carbon and ceramic/live rock. Of your setting up a frag tank and its a good size, i would recommend a banana wrasse to eat any pests that might appear on the corals ( great for pecking at nudi's, flatworms etc )

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Thanks guys yer was thinking something along those lines....I see aquamanta do a ' crystal clear ' mixed bag which contains carbon,zeolite and couple of others was thinking something like that in the filter ?? And maybe some live rock rubble in the tank itself for softies to cling to.
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Zeolite causes odd issues.

As it deals with ammonia chemically, it starves bacteria of it, then when the zeolite is spent there's a spike in ammonia as nothing is there to deal with it.

It's good for emergencies when there's an unavoidable spike in ammonia over and above what your bacterial population can handle, but causes peaks and troughs when used alongside regular bio hosting media.
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Ok Mike great reply. I'll go with the bag of carbon in filter and some live rock in tank then. What's your views on the k1 media ? I bought a tub a while ago and never got round to using it.
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Yeah that'll be good. Massive surface area and can be swilled easily in old tank water to free it of detritus.
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Reply #7

That's what I was thinking aswell and it's k1 mini aswell so can get a lot of movement in the small hob,I'll give it a go with some carbon and see how I get on.
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