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Old 11-26-2005, 12:16 AM   #1
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To bio-wheel or not to bio-wheel??

This is the question... i have a penguin bio-wheel running on my tank. should i take out the bio-wheel or leave it in? TIA!!!
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Old 11-26-2005, 12:18 AM   #2
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I'd pull it - but you do only have 30lbs LR.

Whats your nitrate reading at?
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Old 11-26-2005, 12:19 AM   #3
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my nitrates are less than 20ppm right now..
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Old 11-26-2005, 12:22 AM   #4
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No bio-wheel.

In sw tanks nitrates are bad and also the biowheels are said to compete with the bacteria on the lr and substrate for oxygen. The competing part may not be true but i've heard it said a couple times before.
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Old 11-26-2005, 12:23 AM   #5
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so i should take it out even though i dont have alot of LR right now??
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Old 11-26-2005, 12:24 AM   #6
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IMO yes
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Old 11-26-2005, 12:25 AM   #7
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cool its out!!! thanks!!!
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Old 11-26-2005, 08:55 AM   #8
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Even though I am not a bio wheel fan, I thought the purpose of the wheel was to house Denitrifying bacteria. And even though your assertion about nitrates are bad for a salt water tank is true,Ammonia is even worse. That is the purpose of the bio wheel to get rid of ammonia and nitrites. I think an appropriate question down the road is what is your ammonia reading?
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Sorry for my ignorance, but I am new to saltwater aquariums.

If you don't use a biowheel, is there another filtration system that should be used or just a protein skimmer?
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more lr....1.5 - 2 lbs per gallon of water....
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