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Old 07-12-2014, 08:44 PM   #1
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Bioballs in sump

Hi there everyone. I have successfully built my own sump. It contains a skmmer section, refugium and a return section. I have some bioballs laying around so I was wondering if i should put them in the sump? Are they a good addition to my sump or are they useless?


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IMO they become nitrate factory's. Replace them with a filter sock. Good luck!


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No bioballs IMO. There are better ways to utilize your sump space.
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What should I add in there place?


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Live rock. Grow some Chaetomorpha Algae or other Algae.


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I have cheato in my fuge. Should i add a reactor?


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Adding excess live rock in the sump isn't always a good idea unless they're in an area of really high flow. If they're not then they trap detritus and make the sump harder to clean and produce excess nitrates. Same with the bio balls. You could make algae scrubber. Pretty basic to build and they work wonders for nitrate/phosphate reduction.


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What exactly is a algae scubber?


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Definitely have a filter sock at the end of the drain in the intake section. It makes a sump virtually free of maintenance.
I prefer a 7" sock if you can fit it. This makes it easy to turn inside out or put your hand in it to catch a runaway fish or snail.
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I have read that filter socks are only good if they are regularly changed.


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