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Old 02-11-2009, 09:39 PM   #1
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BIO BALLS! cant find confirmed answer

I have a 120 gal main with a 15 gal sump/refuge and 200 lbs LS and 200 lbs LR,
Do I need Bio Balls in the sump or not?

Some say to get rid of them and some keep them. What does everyone on here think?
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Probably not unless you have a reasonably stocked predator tank and in need of quick NH3 conversion.
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:58 AM   #3
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I have a 125 gal with a 40 gal sump, I use bioballs, with LR and LS of course but so far I have had no problem with my system. I too have heard some say they do not like them (whether it be cuz of a nitrate problems or whatever else) IMO if you do your PWC frequently and do regular water tests I see no problem in using this set up
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well I took the option of removing them.
I figured since I have 200 lbs LR that I might as well, plus when I did remove them they were pretty nasty already and they have only been in there for a couple of weeks.
they were in the same chamber as my skimmer and I had about 2 gal of balls so I dont think I was allowing the skimmer full potential since they were catching everything.
I'll clean them for now and save them so if I need them I'll throw'em back in later.
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