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Old 11-13-2011, 11:41 PM   #1
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Will this develop beneficial bacteria?

I've been told the majority of beneficial bacteria is stored in the filter on the media....But i was wondering...If i slipped something like this onto the end of my HOB intake pipe....
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Or will it not have any effect at all?
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yes, bb will grow on that also. a prefilter sponge also serves as a form of filter media. BB will be concentrated in the area of the tank with the most available oxygen/food so an area with high water flow like a filter, or even a filter pickup tube, is prime.
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So heres another question along the same lines...

Can you have TOO MUCH filter media for your tank to cycle...i.e. currently i have two of those pre-filters listed above on my two HOB filters, i have a 3" spongefilter and a 4" spongefilter....Do you need more nitrofying bacteria for more surface area for a cycle to start or will it start when just some is growing
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The amount of BB will be determined by the Bio-load. To ensure your BB has enough room for them to colonize, having media with tons of surface area helps.

Just add stock and let nature do the rest. A pre-filter sponge I think's a great idea ... can't hurt ... just more surface for BB to colonize.
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