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Old 02-21-2014, 11:44 PM   #1
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Bioballs and Refugium

Hi everyone,i just set up a h.o.b. refugium with chaeto ,a couple pcs of live rock from dt with three shaving brush bushs.my question is do i keep the bioballs in my sump for nitrites? ,or is it just a waste of space? Thanks

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Old 02-21-2014, 11:50 PM   #2
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Personal opinion here but I ditched my bio balls for Live rock rubble. So I've been told bio balls are just nitrate factories
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Bioballs and Refugium

+1 I agree. But don't dump all the bio balls at once. Slowly replace them with live rock rubble. They essentially do the same thing, provide a surface for bacteria to grow on, but the rock is far more porous and has more surface area.
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I took all my bioballs out all at once and I use socks now. Didn't have any spikes, lots of live rock so no big deal, but better to be safe than sorry...
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I automatically default to moving slower rather than fast. Any big change to the filtration system can be major, so I just suggest changing it out over a few weeks so bacteria levels can adjust.
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Ty,should i get rid of the trickle piece thats above the bioballs?if i do how to i change it so it works with just the live rock?

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Also when u say rubble rock,is that the same as just broken pieces of the live rock thats in my tank?

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Yes, just small broken pieces.
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Thanks gregcoyote...anysize? Couple inches or just however they breakoff?

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Any suggestions as to how i should go about the trickle down plate?

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