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Old 01-23-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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I've been getting mixed reviews on bio-balls, what's your opinion on them and what should be substituted for them?
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
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I'm running bio balls on my 180g

I've heard that they are ok for a FOWLR tank but not reef or mixed tanks

Use a good protein skimmer when using bio balls

They are a nitrate factory I've heard, there is to much space for nitrates to get trapped.

Alternatives would be a sump with live rock or a refugium. I'm not sure about using live rock ruble in place of bio balls since it doesn't stay submerged.

For now I'm sticking with bio balls until it doesn't work for me

Interested in hearing everyone else's opinion
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Alot of people substitute live rock rubble for them. The nitrifying bacteria grows on the surfaces of the rubble and does not trap as much dirt and waste as bioballs. I`m getting ready to do it with my bioballs soon.
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I might do that pretty soon. If its better than the bio balls
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Alot of people substitute live rock rubble for them. The nitrifying bacteria grows on the surfaces of the rubble and does not trap as much dirt and waste as bioballs. I`m getting ready to do it with my bioballs soon.
I think I'm going to substitute the bio balls for the ruble here in the near future. But what are the rules for that? Should it be totally submerged? Or. Still use the trickle filter? Get rid of the trickle wet/dry? Or just put the lr ruble in there instead of the bio balls and let it tickle still? Well mine is more than a trickle really. I'm doing a 1200gph mag 12 return. So what do you think about this
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I wondered the same thing, I think I'm going to make a refugium out of my sump but then again what do I do with my bio balls just fill it with filter media or LR? Whats your opinions on it?
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I'm guessing toss the balls and fill the area with lr ruble
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I would think that stacking LR rubble where the bio balls go would just cause the same effect, could I maybe just use a big sponge?
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:26 PM   #9
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Well the live rock ruble has a lot more surface to grow nitrifying bacteria and less spots to trap nitrates. This is what I'm thinking, I'm not sure. Anyone know for sure
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Bio balls are great in freshwater setups bit ove never used them in any saltwater tanks. Always used top of the line skimmer and live rock
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