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Old 11-13-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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54g corner project

well...here I go again teeheee We got the new tank in place with rodi water (for now), 60# dry sand, I threw in the old filter from 12g when I replaced that and a couple live rocks. I am using a magnum hot filter for now, wet/dry filter is ordered and enroute. I will order protein skimmer later this week when paycheck comes in. we were so excited we forgot to put backdrop on first doh
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:45 PM   #2
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I threw in a bunch of dry fish food to start process now to wait and get backdrop on lol

anyone have experience with Marineland protein skimmer?
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If your filter has bio balls might want to remove them.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:58 PM   #4
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Why remove bio balls?
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Why remove bio balls?
They are nitrate factories...
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:12 PM   #6
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I just posted on the "I Feel Like A Loser" thread and Rutrag gave a great response there about the whole "nitrate factory" thing. I've had saltwater tanks for years with bio balls and have never had nitrate issues. If you can catch detritus before it hits them and whatever is collecting that is cleaned regularly, things should be fine. They may not be necessary with enough live rock and sand, but they sure have never created problems for me.
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I guess its a bad thing to just repost info I have heard without experimenting with it haha. I have just ALWAYS heard they are nitrate factories unless you clean them alot.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:25 PM   #8
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I have biomax in my canister, but there are 6 sponges that the water goes through before getting to the biomax, so there's not a nitrate problem. I also rinse them every week. It's it's maintained well, it's not a problem.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:27 PM   #9
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It's funny to me because I only started hearing that when I got onto places like this. I go back many, many years (prior to these types of online places, so basically the aquarium dinosaur ages) and when the bio balls came out, it was the thing to have. Seems like now, it is all about live rock and sand (which is not bad).

To me, anything that catches and keeps waste is a nitrate factory of sorts. Some systems that utilize bio balls might have set ups where water that has not passed through mechanical filtration hits them. I could see that being a problem, because the waste is gonna collect in the balls and create nitrates.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:33 PM   #10
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Well. I do plan to incorporate rock in the wrt/dry filter as well plus i have eveything coming from my 12g to boot to put inside the tank. (Ls & lr) Suprisingly my corals appear to b thriving in 12g
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