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Old 05-30-2010, 12:12 PM   #11
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you do understand the last post in this article was from 2008 lol
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:19 PM   #12
if they are the same cubes I'm thinking of my ma holds them underwater until they get squishy then she sticks them to the glass on the side of her tank...they tend not to go anywhere

if anyone from 2008 is interested lol : blush :
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:40 AM   #13
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I am very sorry that you have reached this point in your setup. It is an extreme misfortune that you were not told prior to now that bioballs are a 1980's method of filtration. I do not understand how this is possible, and I sincerely hope it was not this forum that suggested you use biomedia.

I am going to assume that you have a deep understanding of aquarium chemistry in the following explanation. If you need more details, just ask.

Biomedia causes Nitrate buildup. Nitrates are detrimental in a marine aquarium. They need to be kept under 20ppm for most systems, and the closer to zero the better.

What you should strive for is a complete removal of organics from the system. This is achieved with protein skimming. The live rock is an extremely effective biofilter, in that it breaks down organic waste completely, into Nitrogen Gas, which leaves the system naturally and is non toxic.

Additionally, a deep sand bed of 3'' minimum, preferably 4'', is very effective at removing any additional Nitrates which remain in the system.

The basic concept of marine aquarium filtration is missing from your aquarium. You are intentionally causing Nitrates to climb, which can only be removed by very large water changes.

Your future success can be achieved simply by removing the bioballs and purchasing an adequate skimmer. When i have more time tomorrow i will post a few skimmer options for you. It should not be an expensive process.

I agree with everything said here except that if you are planning to keep FOWLR and want to "pack" fish in, then the bioballs are ok along with scheduled water changes because nitrate doesn't really bother fish that much, however if you plan on keeping corals you might want to get rid of the bioballs
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:58 AM   #14
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since this is a revived topic from 2008 im going to comment as well for anyone reading along now.

bioballs are great filtration IMO, for FRESHwater. if i was doing a FOWLR i would set it up with the same concept of setting up a reef ( obv. minus the corals and the light stocking of fish ) because fish in the wild never see nitrate levels so high even though they may be able to handle it. its not hard having a 4-6 inch sandbed, enough live rock, and a quality skimmer ( you should have them anyways ) and skip out on any bioballs, filter floss, even jam packing a sump with live rock ( as its basically the same as bio balls )

as for the original poster if they are still around, nice rock work. feeding flakes is like flavored cardboard to me, invest in higher quality foods. brine shrimp doesnt even have much of a nutritional value. ontop of that IMO you should pre-rinse any frozen food prior to adding to the tank as they tend to contribute to phosphate and nitrate problems. its easy to pre-rinse a frozen cube. just put it in an aquarium net, dunk it in a small container of tank or RO water and repeat if needed then feed. this will also thaw out the cube prior to feeding.

i also shut my sump off while feeding along with half of my powerheads.
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:18 PM   #15
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hey i will jump in just to say i also shut down my sump and all of my powerheads
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