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Old 08-03-2012, 02:06 PM   #11
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Ok. I think I'll just stay with vinegar for now . I'll probably get the dual gfo/carbon reactor. Do you know of any problems running gfo or cabin with organic carbon dosing?? Thanks a lot for the help so far!!!
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:09 PM   #12
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Sorry not sure about running the gfo and carbon with dosing. :-( I know with pellets they recommend not running gfo for quite a while until your system adjusts cause the gfo can remove certain things the carbon dosing needs, I believe the carbon needs some phosphates for a food source. But dont quote me on that one, lol.
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:43 PM   #13
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Ok lol. I'll continue vinegar and probably get the reactor. Do you have experience with the dual BRS?
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:17 AM   #14
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I run pellets in a two little fishes reactor my nitrates have been 0 since a week after setting it up
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:36 AM   #15
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I run pellets in a two little fishes reactor my nitrates have been 0 since a week after setting it up
I run gfo for phosphates and fuge with chaeto for nitrates great combination not a trace of algae in 3 years
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:42 AM   #16
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I run gfo for phosphates and fuge with chaeto for nitrates great combination not a trace of algae in 3 years
I tried the biopellets didn care for them if you use them make sure you have a prefilter somewhere before the reactor the reactor itself has one but you need take it apart to clean it which is why i gave up on it so a prefilter before the reactor would be beneficial
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:49 AM   #17
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My reactor dumps into a sock with carbon. I have a little cheato but how much
Does everyone put in their fuges?
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:56 AM   #18
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It'll grow if there is nutrients. A lot of people start with a golf ball size and it grows huge.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:33 PM   #19
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So I guess it's good sign if it doesn't grow at all because mine never grows. I have a led par bulb on sump
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:14 PM   #20
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Biopellets actually have a drawback becuase if used properly they can work TOO good and strip phosphate completely from the system. Since a trace amount of phosphate is needed for growth this is bad, a ball valve before and after the reactor will allow you to tune the flow and the tumbling. Its very important for biopellets to vigorously tumble as well as an oversized skimmer to effectively and consistently remove the dust the pellets will produce tumbling in this way. This dust essentially contains the bound nitrates and phosphates the bacteria on the pellets consume. If this is not effectively removed the process becomes inefficient.

Biopellets can be just as tricky as dosing but overall the safer option in my opinion however their effectiveness depends on your setup and how your running them.

In either case i do not think pellets or dosing is a long term solution. I would eliminate the cause of the problem instead of treating it.
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