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Old 02-24-2005, 04:33 PM   #11
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You can get a NO2 sponge, put it in one of those cloth bags and attach it to a power head in your main tank. That way you are sure that your water is getting filtered really well with the NO2 sponge. I would also put the balls back in the sump, it really helps the system.
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Old 02-24-2005, 05:14 PM   #12
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I use a wet/dry filter with balls removed
good choice, bioballs can tend to cuase nitrates to rise. You may wnat to consider filling the bioball chamber with LR rubble. It is a great filter media and will give you great biological filtration.
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good choice, bioballs can tend to cuase nitrates to rise. You may wnat to consider filling the bioball chamber with LR rubble. It is a great filter media and will give you great biological filtration.
REALLY!?!?!?! I thought they were supposed to help filter out the bad stuff.
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Bio balls have great surface area for bacteria growth. The problem is that the crevices also trap detritus. As we all know detritus will lead to nitrates and then you have a problem.
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Well fancy that. Maybe we should pull them out of our tank and give them a bath every once in a while. Would that be a wise idea?
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If you go that route take out a section with the next water change. Clean it then replace it. At the following water change do a different section.

It is best to remove the bioballs and replace with LR rubble. Just be sure to keep the rubble submerged. If you change over it would be best to do it at about 20% at a time to keep the biological filtration up.

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Maybe we should pull them out of our tank and give them a bath every once in a while
that is a great idea. Just make sure you use SW to rinse them. When you do a water change just rinse teh bioballs in that. As mentioned, replacing the bioballs with LR is the best course of action.
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Thanks for the input all. To answer the question, YES, I do have rubble in place of the balls. Not much though. About 2-3 pounds.
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It would help if you filled the bio ball spot with lr rubble.
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