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Old 08-15-2011, 08:11 PM   #11
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so assuming that the above picture is an accurate representation of the BC14, would removing my bio balls and inserting a media basket with the exact setup as seen in the photo cause a spike in ammonia/nitrites/nitrates? My tank has been up and running for roughly 5-8 weeks
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:21 PM   #12
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Ahh i see the issue now, your center compartment is only big enough for the basket.

if it were me, I would take out the bioballs and put in the basket. You have the live rock and sand with bacteria so in my opinion you should be ok. You also havent had the bioballs in that that long so the amount of bacteria is probably negligible.

if anyone else has done this mod please chime in!
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:28 PM   #13
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That was my thinking as well, carey. While my LR does take up a good amount of space, most if it is not very dense, so the total weight is only about 9lbs. I do have approx. 20lbs of live sand though, and just added a sand-like substance to my sand bed which is supposed to convert nitrates into a gas quicker. Do you think my current rock&sand setup is sufficient to fight off any ammonia/nitrites?

Does the media basket system help fight off ammonia/nitrites as well, or will that only help with nitrates?

thanks for all your help, carey!
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:39 PM   #14
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The media basket will perform like any other filter, beneficial bacteria will build up in there as well. The chemipure and purigen can remove impurities out of your water like carbon does. If you go the chemipure elite it also will help with phosphates which in turn will help with algae.

The majority of the bacteria you have is in and on the surface of your live rock and sand. I would do the swap and then monitor it for a bit and if a water change is in order then thats an easy fix. i didn't notice any ammonia spike or trites at all when I did mine.

I feel the media basket just makes life alot easier and is better than bioballs as far as nitrate retention. It also lets you run what you want in each section. If you want to clairfy your water you can add carbon, you can add GFO for any phosphate issues you may run into and it can hold filter pad/poly fill for the particulate matter that floats around the tank. I'm very very glad I got the setup.
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alright sounds good. hopefully everything will be alright then. the media basket and all bio media should be here tomorrow. I might wait until the weekend to make the switch just so that I can monitor it more closely and not be away at work for the majority of the day.

On another note, what method do you use for spot feeding frozen food?
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:17 AM   #16
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To feed my scooter and mandarin I use a turkey baster and squirt the food to them.
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Right. Thats what I was thinking too. Do you let the frozen food thaw in water completely and then just suck it into the baster and shoot it to the desired fish?
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Yep, i put it in a little paper cup and let it defrost with some tank water. Then I suck up a bit for the fish. Any leftover I leave in the fridge til their evening feeding.

If you want to avoid anything from the frozen water getting into your tank you can defrost it, strain it then add tank water and squirt. I do this on occassion but I havent had a phosphate issue so I don't do it all the time.
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alright cool. thanks! do you think that the media rack setup will do a better job of keeping my water clear than the stock BC setup? my water isn't murky or anything like that, it just seems like there are always particles that are floating around, even after water changes
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The filter pad/floss will take care of that. Or it did in my tank. I hate the "floaties" you sometimes can get. lol

I did some reading up on the purigen and chemi pure since you were asking, and yes, they do say they can help with ammonia and nitrite.

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