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Recycled media?

Discussion in 'Aquaponics Ideas' started by Luke84, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. Luke84

    Luke84 New Member

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    Hello Team.

    Call it a brain fart or a brain storm but was thinking my way through cheap and recycled media options. So majority of people use clay, pebbles or rock of some description.

    Anyone ever toyed with the idea of using shredded plastic bottles and if so, how did it go?


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    Floating would probably happen as grow bed media , bottle caps are used in biofilters .
     
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    Hi Luke,

    I can briefly recall someone mentioning on one of the forums, they do use some type of shredded? plastic as their media, maybe 6 years ago. Actually, thinking about it I think it was for their filter media, anyway, I have not heard anything from them apart from that mention of it.

    When you are thinking about this type of thing(which is a good thing IMO) for filter media, remember that premium media like K3, which is good to use in your moving bed bio filters, is especially designed and formed to achieve maximum surface area for your bacteria to grow on. I think it would be doubtful if any type of shredded, recycled plastic would come anywhere near close to it, but.....I always think, if that's what you want to try out, why not do it? You may be pleasantly surprised, if not well, at least you've learned something.

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