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MRQuad 09-09-2008 12:45 AM

is bio-balls enough media on a sump to filter my 100G tank?
 
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Pasfur 09-09-2008 06:04 AM

This is both a complicated and simple question.

If this is a fish only system, then this could work properly, provided that you are able to design the sump so that all water enters a protein skimmer prior to entering the biomedia. For an example, look at the CPR BakPak hang on units. These are used for small aquariums, but the concept is the same as what you are trying to achieve in a sump system. Water should enter the protein skimmer before entering biomedia. The most important piece of filtration is the Protein Skimmer, which is what the majority of this conversation should involve.

If this is a future reef, or if this aquarium will have live rock, then you are headed in completely the wrong direction and the answer is NO. Reef systems or systems with live rock do not use biomedia.

You need to realize very quickly that biomedia is NOT a good form of filtration for a saltwater aquarium. This is vital for understanding how to properly maintain a marine environment. Biomedia >> Nitrate. Nitrates are undesirable in a marine system. Additionally, the accumulation of organic acids robs your water of carbonates that are vital in maintaining a stable marine system. This is where the protein skimmer comes in to play.... to prevent the buildup of Nitrate and to remove organic waste.

Post some more information about your future plans so that we can more properly advise.

MRQuad 09-09-2008 09:29 AM

thanks a lot pasfur.. (and sorry about my english too..)

the design of my sump will be for the freshwater.. for a 100G tank..

thanks..

Pasfur 09-09-2008 06:15 PM

Will this be a freshwater or saltwater aquarium?

MRQuad 09-09-2008 11:41 PM

it is for the freshwater aquarium..

Pasfur 09-12-2008 04:33 PM

As a general rule, a sump system with bioballs is a very effective filter on a FW system.

okiemavis 09-12-2008 05:08 PM

Should work quite well, I'd just recommend adding some filter pads or something similar for mechanical filtration. It's nice to pull the bigger particles out of your tank, or the water can look quite dirty.

MRQuad 09-13-2008 07:10 PM

thanks alot for the replies guys.. i am so greatful.. and gives me a peace of mind..


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