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Old 06-09-2005, 09:09 AM   #11
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What exactly are bioballs? Are they the same as the ceramic rings which come with the fluval filter? Those ceramic rings are supposed to build up the beneficial bacteria.
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What exactly are bioballs? Are they the same as the ceramic rings which come with the fluval filter? Those ceramic rings are supposed to build up the beneficial bacteria.
Same theory/idea behind it. So I guess the answer to your question is a shady "yes". They serve the same purpose but do share differences with one another.

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My balls are placed in a plastic box that hangs on the back of my tank. There's a rectangular collection cup with spill-over, being "sucked" in by a 1.5" tube, water first goes through debri filter, then over through a microfilter, oxygenator/skimmer device (basically a highpowered air pump that pushes sludge into a collection cup), then the water pours over this plastic piece that drips all over the balls. If it isn't adjusted right, the return feed can dry up killing my pump... or if I'm adding water, it can flood the bioball bin... which I guess basically just flushes everything.

I guess that's where I get my .20ppm nitrate bumps

By the way.. 6 months and no water changes. I only add about 5-10ga every 2-3 weeks due to evaporation (and random leaks *cough*).

So basically, if you dont have enough filtration before your balls, you might have to clean them.

I, personally, have never cleaned my balls. 8O
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