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Old 08-21-2005, 10:22 PM   #1
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bio balls & nitrates

I know that bio balls will act as a nitrate factory. My question is....will they still mass produce nitrate when they are fully submerged? I THINK they produce nitrates due to the wet/dry concept and the interaction with the air. I have bio balls in my sump right before my refug, but they are all full under water.
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I don't think quit working when fully submerged.

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Old 08-22-2005, 08:51 AM   #3
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Bioballs are designed to work in an aerobic enviornment, or having water trickeled over them. The best way to avoid a NO3 problem is to cover the intake with a sponge and turn off th pump while feeding. regualr rinsing in SW will help remove detritus as well.
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Lando, when they are fully under water, do they still act as bio filtration without creating massive nitrates?
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-About 15-20 lbs of live rock
-60 lbs (3") of sand.
-2x65w power compact lights
-2x18w power compact in the refug.
-bak pak 2R
-3 LARGE feather dusters all differebt colors
-orange spotted goby
-fire fish
-12 or so hermits
-50-60 nassairus snails
-about 12 turno snails
-emrald crab
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They will cause nitrates. If it's a freshwater system, that completes the cycle. If it's saltwater, you've got a greater load of nitrates for your live rock/sand to convert into harmless gases.


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Old 08-22-2005, 07:47 PM   #6
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It works just like LR in the main. Creates lots of surface area for the denitrafying anaerobic bacteria to colonize.
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Thank you both for your help, but I am still kind of lost. Here is what I guess I am looking for.........mine are fully submerged. Will they be a source of nitrates for me? Thanks again
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-20gal tall sump / refugium.
-About 15-20 lbs of live rock
-60 lbs (3") of sand.
-2x65w power compact lights
-2x18w power compact in the refug.
-bak pak 2R
-3 LARGE feather dusters all differebt colors
-orange spotted goby
-fire fish
-12 or so hermits
-50-60 nassairus snails
-about 12 turno snails
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Old 08-22-2005, 10:30 PM   #8
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Bottom line...Your NO3 are only as bad as your maintanance schedule. There aere some things you can do to stack the odds in your favor, but regular PWC are the best way to manage NO3.
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