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Old 03-05-2014, 02:07 AM   #41
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No its not the same. You want a media reactor. And a nitrate shock like that would not be good, it is much safer to take it a little slower with 25%-50% water changes.
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But like you said revamping your sump might be a good idea as they can harbor nitrates and so can your substrate I literally just did this same procedure about a month ago cleaned my sump modified it to add a refugium and replaced my substrate...a month later now and I'm already starting to put in sps my tank is doing great everything is flourishing

Ok I'm gonna revamp mine as well should I leave out the filtration and bio balls I am building a refugium as well. Click image for larger version

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Yes. Leave out the bio balls.
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Bio balls, to me, don't have a place in a saltwater tank, our LR harbors all of our biological filtration making the bio balls redundant.. They just house another chance that detritus will get trapped and create nitrates. I would definitely keep the mechanical filtration though, just gotta keep it washed out
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Ok then maybe I'll try and find some sort of filter sock
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That'll be a much better use of the space than the bio balls, just wash them out whenever you do a water change.
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Yup I found them at my lfs. I can't wait
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I just took the bio balls out holy cloudy I'm sure they were hindering my progress with the water changes
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I just took the bio balls out holy cloudy I'm sure they were hindering my progress with the water changes
Pretty bad? Haha
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It was lol. It's starting to clear a bit now lol
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