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Old 10-18-2004, 12:53 AM   #11
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Why would you want to take out the bio-balls? Forgive my ignorance, but wouldn't it be even better to just keep them in? Extra protection, right?

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Well Heineken, now it seems that bio-balls are a good place for "crap" to get stuck in and cause high Nitrates. That is most of the reason.

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As the rev pointed out, they can collect detritus and cause higher nitrates. This is not a problem as long as you rinse the bioballs in SW on a regular basis. Bioballs do a great job of supporting the bacteria that convert nitrite to nitrate. However, they do not do a good job at removing nitrate. Many people remove the bioballs and replace it LR rubble. This is a much better media for nitrate removal.

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