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Old 12-05-2006, 02:15 AM   #1
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BIO BALLS QUESTION

i jes decided to finally use a wet/dry filter for my 54 corner aquarium...what kind of bio balls are best to use?? 1inch 1.25 inch? blue? black? gray??
and why?? thanks
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I suggest you use LR rubble instead. I have bio balls in my fuge and I`m getting ready to replace them with LR rubble. Bio balls are linked to high nitrates but can be kept in check if you do frequent PWC`s.
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I suggest you use LR rubble instead. I have bio balls in my fuge and I`m getting ready to replace them with LR rubble. Bio balls are linked to high nitrates but can be kept in check if you do frequent PWC`s.
I agree. I have found that filter sponges and biowheels do it as well.
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I agree with mel and roka, LR rubble is much better biological media then are bioballs. They key is that rubble does best when completely submerged, as opposed to bioballs that have water "trickled" over them...hence the term "wet/dry" filter. NO3 removing bacteria does better in an anaerobic (without oxygen) environment so submerging the rubble is the best option. Getting LR rubble is easy. Some LFS sell it by the pound or you can just ask yours for the left over small pieces of broken rock in the shipping boxes. Just make sure you cure it before adding it to the tank.
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Couls I replace my ceramic rings in my XP2 canister Filter with LR rubble? Would it be enough? It would prpbably only hold about 2 cups total!
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The more surface area you have the better. If you do it, which you can, I would crush it up pretty well. Keep in mind, you should still rinse it in your old SW when you do your PWC.
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LR rubble will be much better then the ceramic rings.
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Even if its a small amount?
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Cheap nylon pot scrubbers!!! (remove the little metal rings that hold 'em together).
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Cheap nylon pot scrubbers!!! (remove the little metal rings that hold 'em together).
Huh? Can you elaborate? do you mean to use this as a filter media?
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