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Old 02-22-2005, 09:27 PM   #1
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live rock with bioballs

I have read that you shouldn't keep bio balls with live rock. It is my understanding that is only the case if you have 1-2 pounds per gallon...enough to support the tank. My tank is only 50 gallons. To me it is still fairly pricey to fill with enough live rock. What should I do if I only want to keep 10-15 pounds? Keep the bioballs?

-50gal tank
-20gal tall sump / refugium.
-About 15-20 lbs of live rock
-60 lbs (3") of sand.
-2x65w power compact lights
-2x18w power compact in the refug.
-bak pak 2R
-3 LARGE feather dusters all differebt colors
-orange spotted goby
-fire fish
-12 or so hermits
-50-60 nassairus snails
-about 12 turno snails
-emrald crab
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Its not that you shouldn't, its just that it is not needed or desired with enough LR to handle the biological workload. Bioball tend to become a nitrate factory with time. If you have at least 1 lb per gallon, you can start slowly removing the bioballs. By slowny I mean like 20% per week allowing the biological filter to adjust.

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Old 02-22-2005, 10:36 PM   #3
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keep your bio load low if you do remove the bio-balls mabe two small fish with only 15 lbs imo
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