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Old 02-13-2012, 01:50 AM   #491
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Are you sure you aren't skimming out the microbacter you are dosing? I don't see how that stuff is going to increase skimmate otherwise.
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:21 AM   #492
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That is a good point but I was told to shut it down for 4to6 hrs. A day when I dose it so I won't skim it out so I guess it is just something I really can't say
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:04 AM   #493
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I don't really think you need to use that stuff. I would discontinue use and see how things go. Your system should establish a bacteria colony and that bacteria will sustain it for as long as you take care of it.
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:51 PM   #494
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Are you sure you aren't skimming out the microbacter you are dosing? I don't see how that stuff is going to increase skimmate otherwise.
From what I've read it's probably the biopellets. They ironically release a lot of nutrients into to tank.
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Bio pellets release nutrients in the tank? What good are they then? I don't think that's the case.
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Bio pellets create a carbon source for the bacteria to feed on thus braking down all the phosphates and nitrates that is causing the waste to be released in to the tank that is y it needs to go into the skimmer to pull out all the waist it is creating
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:40 PM   #497
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I think vodka dosing is similar. I would not think that a smaller system would tolerate this very well. At the very least you will end up with a bacterial bloom that could compromise oxygen levels, not sure the bio-pellets are worth the trouble.
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I am starting to think that as well but my goal is to get my 240 gallon tank up and running as well and put the bio pellets on that instead but the wife thinks its to much money right now
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Why even bother with the pellets at all? Just cycle the tank properly and enjoy it.
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In almost all cases, the successful long lived reefs are the simplest ones. After using almost everything on the shelf, there are only a couple of things I found that were useful. But I harvest a lot of my nitrates when I clean my algae scrubber, so I don't need all the additives and filter media. Not everyone has the room a scrubber takes up, but there are other ways to improve water quality that would seem to me to be less dangerous than these pellets have been. Simpler is better and the fewer chemicals you have to rely on saves you money and decreases the chance you will destabilize your tank.
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