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Old 12-13-2011, 01:16 PM   #1
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Has anyone use bio pellet reactor? I use them and I notice that everything is good after few weeks everything bleaches, fish seem bother but after few months everything looks beautiful and healthy.. Why?
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nitrates or die off from crap stuck in the bio balls.
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I have tested and the ammonia, nitrate, and ph is all good...
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They are good currently. They can spike easly w/ bioballs. There are posts regarding this topic if you skim through the forums.
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nitrates or die off from crap stuck in the bio balls.
bio balls and bio pellets are 2 totally different things

I tried the bio pellets and didn't like the results. I think they can make your water too clean and that can lead to corals bleaching. I ran them for a few months and then took the reactor offline. They didn't have any affect on my fish tho.
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There not the same at all....
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I was also thinking about getting a bio pellet reactor.....so CCCapt, youre saying you didnt like the results? Did you lose any corals or did they come back after bleaching? I don't want to risk my corals if thats the case....
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The results are great . After the month or so. But at first there was a reaction that corals kind of bleach and the fish seem unhappy at first but everyone went back to normal after a month or so... I just wanted to know why?
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I was also thinking about getting a bio pellet reactor.....so CCCapt, youre saying you didnt like the results? Did you lose any corals or did they come back after bleaching? I don't want to risk my corals if thats the case....
No, I did not like the results, but I tried them for a specific reason. I work at a nuclear power plant and I knew I would be working 50-70 hrs/wk for 2-3 months and probably wouldn't have time to do my normal tank maintanence. My thinking was the bio pellets would keep any nitrates or phosphates down if I couldn't do my normal routine. Since I wasn't home as much I was feeding alot less and I think the bio pellets actually made my water too clean. I lost 2 nice sized millie colonies. The flesh looked like it was literally peeling off and they died in a matter of days. After that I took the reactor offline and went back to just carbon and GFO.
They might have been OK if I had kept up with heavy feedings, since that's their purpose.....you can feed heavy and not worry about nitrate/phosphate. I personally won't go back to them. I've had lots of success with carbon and GFO and if it ain't broke I'm not going to try to fix it.
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