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Old 08-15-2011, 04:21 PM   #1
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BioCube Filtration Question

I have a 14G BioCube FOWLR tank. Been up for about 2 months and currently has a clown fish, 2 hermits, 2 snails and a cleaner shrimp. All equipment is currently stock.

Per some advice I received on here, I ordered a media basket setup that includes filter floss, purigen and chemi-pure elite that would go in the 2nd chamber and replace the bio balls.

However, over the weekend I had an ammonia spike which also led to nitrites and higher nitrates. I was able to get it under control and get the ammonia and nitrites back down to 0 while also lowering the nitrates back down to between 5-10. My clown is also acting normal again now too, so everything appears to be ok.

My question is, will removing the bio balls and setting up the media basket in chamber 2 have any negative effects given what happened over the weekend, or does it not matter since I got the problem under control?

Appreciate any advice! Thanks!!
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:05 PM   #2
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Do you have any idea why you had that spike? Is wnaything dead or decaying in your tank? Its kinda odd to just have a spike out of nowhere.

I would put in the media basket and keep half the bioballs for a start. Whatever beneficial bacteria is on them you dont wanna lose. Between that and your live rock you should be ok.

Glad you were on your water testing you averted a possible disaster.
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Friday night I noticed that a couple pieces of live rock that I had pieced together had fallen, and in my attempt to set them up the way they had been, I actually knocked over some other pieces and created quite a stir up in the tank. This caused my clown fish to get pretty stressed out too. The next morning I tested the water and noticed the spike.

Is there room in the 2nd chamber to keep 1/2 of the bio balls as well as the 3 level media basket? I believe it is the same media basket that you have, carey.
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I have the fuge also in my middle compartment so since you dont have that you can use that part for the bioballs.
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sorry if this is a stupid question, but I am not exactly familiar with what the fuge is
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I keep cheato and you can keep live rock in it too. Its like a mini refugium. As long as you add a light into that section the macro algae will grow and help with nitrtaes and building a pod population.
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gotcha. so is this area underneath your media basket in the 2nd chamber, or is it to the side of it?
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It's to the side

Here's a quick photo. The fuge is about the same size length wise as the media basket.

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Oh gotcha. so I would just have some of the bio balls on the side. Will there be any negative effects of having to handle the bioballs to get them on the side? I've always heard that you should never handle them
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Hey, I was just looking on the website for the media basket and I dont think that the BioCube 14 has the ability to do what you did with your 29g, carey.
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