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Old 06-10-2007, 11:19 PM   #11
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IMO the LR rubble serve a more useful purpose as they can harbour anerobic bacteria that will help to get rid nitrates as they also have some life on them that are great filter feeders. Maybe someone else out there has some other benefits.
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:32 AM   #12
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I have no problem removing the bioballs, i figured since theyre there i'd use em, but LR rubble is fine and dandy too.
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I`m getting ready to make the move myself. Good luck.
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I have them and have had them for 17+ years. Dunno what "extra" maintainence is supposedly required, but I never touched mine...well except when I upsized my sump from a 10gal to a 20 long. All I did then was dump them from 1 sump to the other.
I do my normal bi-weekly water changes and that's it. If they are a nitrate factory like so many ppl say, my guys must be on strike
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How does on go about switching to LR rubble - i want to do this, but didnt know if i could just get rid of the Bio-balls and put the LR rubble in the same day... My tank has about 200lbs of LR in it already... the rubble was going to go in the sump (Pro-Clear 75)
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With plenty of LR in the main it should be pretty easy. I would replace half of the bioballs with LR rubble and wait a couple of weeks before removing the other half.
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I agree with what has been said but I thought I would just add this. Mother nature knows best. Switch out to the LR rubble and add some Macro you and your tank will be much happier!
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What do you mean by macro - sorry this part is new to me... where can i get it, and how much do i get?
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macro = "macroalgae reduce the available levels of phosphates and nitrites/nitrates, an excellent form of natural filtration."

It's also a great food source for Tangs, Rabbitfish, angels, etc.
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