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Old 01-25-2013, 06:05 PM   #31
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I think what I'm hearing is no matter what you put in there its going to need to be cleaned and looked after. I'm going to start a thread for my refuge build if you have any insight on it I would love to hear.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:28 PM   #32
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So maybe then 50% LR & 50% bio balls
Personally, I'd pick one or the other as the cleaning/maintanence schedule for each is going to be different and a mixture would be very difficult to maintain.

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I think what I'm hearing is no matter what you put in there its going to need to be cleaned and looked after. I'm going to start a thread for my refuge build if you have any insight on it I would love to hear.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:18 PM   #33
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I'm going to stick with my bio balls since I have not had any problems with them as of yet. Go with what works for you right? Don't fix it if its not broken! Stuff like that
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:22 PM   #34
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You dont need to clean the bio-balls.... It wont hurt thow. But better left undisturbed
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:24 PM   #35
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Unless you have them running for a long,long,long period of time like maybe replace or clean 25% a year
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:44 PM   #36
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That's good because my sump is under my tank in the stand and is really hard to get to
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:58 PM   #37
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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.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:06 PM   #38
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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.
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Ive prefer not to clean them ever
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:36 PM   #40
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Ive prefer not to clean them ever
You don't get any nitrate problems from that? What type of filter media do you have before the bio balls?
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