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Old 02-21-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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Bio pellet question.

Being unfamiliar with bio pellets other than they can reduce nitrates, CAN I PUT BIO-PELLETS IN A SOCK AND EXPECT THEM TO HELP WITH NITRATES? Or, do I need a reactor. I currently put carbon in a sock and my overflow drain runs through them before the "blue and white filter media" in my wet/dry filter. I'm hoping the wet/dry bio- balls aren't the NITRATE problem. TANK IS FOWLR, DEEP SAND BED, 2 MP40s, and 8 fish in a 90 gallon. I notices my nitrates went up when I added the MP40s. It's been 3 weeks. ANY help is great! NITRATES ARE STAYING AT 20ppm.

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You need a reactor. Bacteria grows on the pellets which uptake nitrates & to a lesser amount phosphates. The tumbling of the pellets sloughs off the bacteria, ideally into your skimmer for export.

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I wouldn't be too worried about 20ppm in a fowlr system. Well within safe range for fish.
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You need a reactor they have to tumble!
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