Originally Posted by Shannono
I hope I didn't mess things up by removing all of the bioballs...
In an established tank as long as they are/were removed slowly over a period of weeks it would be fine. The slow removal allows bacteria to colonize in the main and transition away from the "aerobic only" nitrification offered by the wet/dry. Bioballs BTW
are not bad, it's simpley how they are used (usually incorrectly) and the lack of nitrate converting bacterial zones.
Sounds like you have no fish or animals as yet? If so, this is the perfect time to make this kind of switch over. No need to be concerned about the bioballs or curing the rock. Add the rock, remove all the bioballs and wait for the tank to complete it's cycle.
, I have only LR
, 1Â½" sandbed and a skimmer. No sump or other nutrient sorbant/exporting media except carbon. As long as you are mindful of the bioload, feedings and keep up with regular maintenace/husbandry, you will do fine with what you have planned.