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Old 04-15-2016, 12:12 PM   #11
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Add another 20 or 25 pounds of rock. Pull out a dozen bio balls at a time once per week. Also the center chamber is a bit small to be a functioning refugium. Of course it helps but I don't think it will be the solution
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Add another 20 or 25 pounds of rock. Pull out a dozen bio balls at a time once per week. Also the center chamber is a bit small to be a functioning refugium. Of course it helps but I don't think it will be the solution

yes, okay. what would I replace the bio balls with?


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If you were going to use it as a refugium just use live rock rubble and a ball of chaeto
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Old 04-15-2016, 05:08 PM   #14
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If you were going to use it as a refugium just use live rock rubble and a ball of chaeto

Contained where? In the inTank media refugium basket thingy?


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No. You'll have to pick: media basket or fuge. Both would use the center chamber.
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Your live rock will accomplish the same thing as the bioballs, basically.


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Ah, okay. If the live rock would accomplish the same as the bio balls, then what would be the point of changing it?
Also, how soon would one recommend adding more fish/inverts after this whole nitrate disaster is back in line?


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I may have the details wrong but the difference between live rock and bio balls is this. My eyeballs do an awesome job of controlling ammonia. However they do not have an anaerobic area so the cycle ends there. Live rock takes care of the entire nitrogen cycle. You will often hear bio balls referred to as a nitrate sink or trap
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I may have the details wrong but the difference between live rock and bio balls is this. My eyeballs do an awesome job of controlling ammonia. However they do not have an anaerobic area so the cycle ends there. Live rock takes care of the entire nitrogen cycle. You will often hear bio balls referred to as a nitrate sink or trap

Yes, I have heard people refer to them as that.
Would there be anything else I could do to reduce nitrates even more?


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They make nitrate reducing filter pads as well as liquid nitrate remover
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