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Old 11-01-2003, 11:21 PM   #1
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how many bio balls?

Is 1gal of bio ball enough for a 55 gal tank?
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IMO, you'll need no less than 2 gallons...preferably 3. I would put in whatever the filter will hold in the biochamber.
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Old 11-02-2003, 02:25 AM   #3
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Why not just go with liverock and a sandbed for biological filtration? It will be a more stable system with less problems in the long run? Bio balls will drive your nitrates through the roof.




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Old 11-02-2003, 08:15 AM   #4
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I agree with Darin. What were you planning on keeping in your 55gal?
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Lion fish Tang flame angel. want corals but will have to wait until I can afford to build an adequate lighting system.
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If you intend to have LR in the tank, then the above is correct...ditch the bioballs. You'll want about 1-1 1/2 lbs of LR per gallon to take care of the biofiltration. Your sandbed, should you decide to do a DSB, will need to be sugar sized aragonite sand at a depth of at least 4". If you want to keep corals in this tank, I would definitely set it up with LR at least and, IMO, a DSB.
Also, I hope you're planning on a dwarf lion. A Volitans will get way too large for a 55. So will most tangs. A 75gal is about the minimum recommended size for a yellow tang. Perhaps a fuzzy dwarf lionfish and a couple of other fish that will stay relatively small.
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Whats the problems with Bio balls?
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They Produce massive amounts of nitrates. It is unavoidable!


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So if this is true:
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They Produce massive amounts of nitrates. It is unavoidable!
That would mean the do an excellent job of removing ammonia/nitrites??? Then it is a great idea to put them before a fuge. Either way, I would rather have high nitrates than high ammonia or nitrites.
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Wassupppp!!!!!! Adrian

Does anyone have any thoughts about the setup(bioballs before and fuge)?
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