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Old 09-06-2005, 01:20 PM   #1
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Bio Load

What live stuff in the tank is considered bio load? Is it only the fish, or can you have too many snails, hermits, sea cucumbers, urchins, anemones, or coral?

39 gallon (2yrs) 40lbs live sand. 23 lbs LR (still collecting) , 1 turbo snail, 5 Nasarius snails, 10 blue knuckle hermits, 1 zebra hermit, 1 scarlet hermit, 5 red tip hermits, 1 Green Chromis, 1 Blue Damsel, ? Ricordia, candy cane coral.

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Old 09-06-2005, 03:42 PM   #2
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Snails, hermits, urchins and corals add noticeably little to the bioload on your tank. The bioload caused by the anemone would probably depend on the size and feeding habbits of it.

When people talk bioload they are generally talking about fish as those are the greatest waste producers in your tank.


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Old 09-07-2005, 12:46 PM   #3
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Not that they add to the bio load but IMO you can have too many snails. In a tank there is only so much food and they can starve over time.
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