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Old 04-29-2005, 10:59 PM   #1
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I took the bio balls out of my aquarium what should I put in

I took the bio balls out of my aquarium some time back I was wondering what I should put there instead. Right now I have a sponge with a sponge full of carbon on top of that. What would you put in place of the balls? I have a 24g nano cube. Thanks for the advise.

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Old 04-29-2005, 11:13 PM   #2
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Get some base rock from hirocks.com, it will becoem live rock and add to your filteration.

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Old 04-29-2005, 11:18 PM   #3
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Live rock rubble is a great addition to a filter once you ditch the bioballs.
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1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

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Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 04-29-2005, 11:20 PM   #4
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Sounds like a plan I think I can get some from my LR store. How much do you think I should add?

Thank you for responding I was thinking about LR.

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Don't waste money on liverock, get base rock, no one will see it and it will be live in a very short time.
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Old 04-29-2005, 11:44 PM   #6
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Replace the rough equivalent of your bioballs.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 04-29-2005, 11:48 PM   #7
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Ok my balls were about the size of golf ball so I replace them with rock about that size. If I replace with base rock will it make my tank cycle again? Thanks again.

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Old 04-30-2005, 12:08 AM   #8
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Mixed sizes would be fine ... like gravel. If you already removed all of the BB, you're likely to cycle anyway, since you removed you biofilter. A good idea is to add some LR along with the BB, then add more each time you remove a fraction of the BB, eventually replacing it all.

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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 04-30-2005, 12:17 AM   #9
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Oh I thought they were usless pieces of crap so I removed them. No wonder I had problems after I took them out. Ok so I will add them back and them change them out slowly with rock as you said. Thank you I didn't know I was messing things up.

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Old 04-30-2005, 12:20 AM   #10
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Did you let them dry out or wash them with tap water in the meantime? If so, you might not want to add them back.

How long have they been out?


TO be safe, monitor your ammonia and nitrite and be prepared to do water chages or detoxify with Prime if levels rise.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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