Originally Posted by TheTodd
I've had my current tank going for almost a year now. Ive never cleaned the bio balls and i never have nitrate problems. I had a nearly identical system about 15 years ago and had the same results with no cleaning the balls. It's working for me now, but if I start getting problems, I may have to rethink the setup.
Those are reassuring words, my system is only about a month old and I have been wondering how the bio balls would work out. I'm not planning on doing a ton of rock. I am going to do a few nice big pieces and that's about it. I like the minimal open space look but want the fish to feel comfortable.