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Old 07-10-2004, 09:34 AM   #11
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bio-balls trap alot a waste which leads to high nitrates !! i use bio-balls on my fish only tank !! but inverts dont handle nitrates well and why most say to remove them !!
also ya say ya run them and have 0 nitrates huh !! a little more info on your tank /stocking levels are a must to see how that is !! also ya must clean your bio-balls alot to keep nitrates low ???

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I posted a pic in My Gallery with a current pic of my tank. http://www.aquariumadvice.com/photop...00&ppuser=4933 The 1st pic was taken about 10 yrs ago, the 2nd is a few weeks old.

50 gal
aprox. 75 lbs lr
assorted sps, lps, zoo's, leather
1 yellow tail damsel(8-9 yrs old)
1 coral beauty
1 mandarin
1 yellow watchman gobie

prefilter sponge in overflow prevents any waste from getting to the wet/dry with the bioballs, which btw have never been removed(or cleaned) from the sump
10 gal water change every 2 week with ro/di water and Red Sea salt
top-offs with ro/di water

all the above = 0 nitrates and it has been that way for the past 15 yrs

If you have high nitrates with your bioballs, your doing something not exactly up to par. As I said, I'm not promoting the use of bioballs, I just don't understand how so many people can say they are bad. I have 1st hand experience over quite a few years which tells me there is nothing wrong in using them. HTH

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