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pescao 09-09-2007 09:14 AM

macro algae
hello there...
I have a wet/dry filter with bio-balls, but I've been reading they're not good if you dont clean them, but also that if I clean them I will be killing the good bacteria...
so, what about this macro algae thing instead of the bio-balls?
would that be a good idea? or should I keep the filters as it is?

caferacermike 09-09-2007 09:20 AM

If you buy quality live rock, as is now the norm in the hobby, you won't need bio-balls as the bacteria will have plenty of other surfaces to culture over. Bio-balls and wet/dry's are an older style of tank maintenance. Advancements have been made and so they are now becoming obsolete. They are still sold as they work well for fish only systems where the owner wishes not to purchase expensive live rock. In that case I'd get a canister filter as well. You'll have a backup supply of bacteria that will quickly reseed the bio-balls. Also if you learn the "proper" way of cleaning a tank you will not effect the bacteria at all. You'll learn over time that the recommended way would be to put a few gallons of tank water from a water change into a 5g bucket and swish handfuls of the bio-balls around in that water, freeing it of large detritus. You may need to empty the bucket it refresh it with the water change water if it gets to dirty, then continue cleaning the balls.

pescao 09-09-2007 10:46 AM

ok... i get it.
but what is consider good live rock? what do I look for?
and also what do you mean by proper way to cleaning a tank?
thanks a lot.

caferacermike 09-09-2007 07:30 PM

I explained the way to clean your equipment using your old tank water.

Good live rock should come from a good online supplier or from a quality fish store, not Petco. Don't get ripped off. Buy rock that is lighter than it looks. It should not be dense or heavy. It should have plenty of ripples, ridges, edges, holes, bubbley surface.

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