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Old 05-16-2009, 09:53 AM   #1
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bio balls?


I read a thread that said to basically throw out your bio balls because they add nitrates back into your water. Our tank is new 5 1/2 weeks. Just wondering how long we should wait untill tossing them. We bought our rock "uncured" but it never did get really smelly like everyone warned, it has started to purple up slightly.
Again the question is do I wait a while to toss the bio balls or should I do it now?
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:56 AM   #2
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Yes get rid of them ,but for others out there with FO you need to keep them.
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:05 AM   #3
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How much LR do you have, in what size tank? If you have a good amount (it doesn't take much) you can trash the bioballs. In a tank that young, I would do it in stages. Maybe 1/4 a week until it's all out.
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Old 05-16-2009, 11:12 AM   #4
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it's a 14 gallon biocube with 8 lbs of LR, we also have the charcoal filter that came with it and a piece of POLY FILTER that the lfs told us would really help keep the water clear
so glad i found this site, just out of curiosity: have most of you just learned from experience of do you have a marine background?
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:05 PM   #5
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You can find people here with a wide range of experience. Myself, I am not a marine biologist. Much of what I have learned has come from personal experience or trial and error. I have spent the past 20+ years studying as much as I could though. There is a whole list of people here on this site with as much experience as I have, if not more. This can be a huge and complicated hobby. It's to broad a subject for any one person to truly become an expert on every facet. Similar to the medical or legal field. Luckily we have people here that excel in many different areas. You will have a very hard time coming up with a question or problem that someone here can't help out with.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:33 AM   #6
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Same here .Just many years of trial and error. The only "marine backround " I have is taped to the back of my 15g tank

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Old 05-17-2009, 10:39 AM   #7
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Same here .Just many years of trial and error. The only "marine backround " I have is taped to the back of my 15g tank

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Old 05-17-2009, 12:14 PM   #8
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glad I found this site- we have 2 LFS in a 1 hour radius and one guy is getting out of the bussiness and the other were not to sure about yet
for the future- do you buy from lfs or do you order online? if online can you recommend any sites?
we live in canada so we have to look into our import laws re:corals (i'm told fish are not as big an issue to import)
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:38 PM   #9
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For fish and many corals, I like to support the LFS as I can like to actually see what I am buying. However, if the LFS is one that does not take good care of their stock and tries to sell me things I do not need then I will not buy from them either. In the end it all comes down to what you are most comfortable doing.

Because of where I currently live, I have to drive at least 2 hours to get to a LFS and many believe I am crazy for not ordering more stuff online.
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:43 PM   #10
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Welcome, I agree remove the Bio-balls in stages so as to not triger a mini-nitogen cycle. Change/clean the Poly filter pad often (2-3days) or it too will become a source of elivated nutrients, toxins. Try to think about what happens to food if you keep it in your pocket for three days or so and then realize this is the same thing that happens with any filter that holds excess food and waste in the water circulating in the tank. It does not get fresher with time it decomposes. The more you can share what your plans and the equiptment you have the better the advice will be.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:04 PM   #11
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For fish and many corals, I like to support the LFS as I can like to actually see what I am buying. However, if the LFS is one that does not take good care of their stock and tries to sell me things I do not need then I will not buy from them either. In the end it all comes down to what you are most comfortable doing.

Because of where I currently live, I have to drive at least 2 hours to get to a LFS and many believe I am crazy for not ordering more stuff online.
We actually live 10 minutes from Michigan, so we have been going to the US quite a lot, we actually bought the nano cube from there
The store we frequent has both beautiful coral and fish and has been established for more that 20 years, but we are concerned about bringing corals back through customs because we have had conflicting info( even from the canadian FDA)that's why we were considering online ordering

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Old 05-17-2009, 03:29 PM   #12
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Customs could pose a serious problem. I do not know who to talk to about that either to find out what you are actually allowed to bring into Canada from the US. Best of luck getting that sorted out.
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:31 PM   #13
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same thing here i will remove my bioballs today from my sump. in stages of corse
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:48 PM   #14
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one problem with removing the bio balls. the bio cube is designed to be a wet dry filter. removing the bio balls is going to create a lot of air bubbles in the tank as the water cascades in to the sump. i have tried this and the only thing i can think of is to modifie a piece of acrylic to fit in to the sump area like a ramp. anybody have any ideas.
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:19 PM   #15
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one problem with removing the bio balls. the bio cube is designed to be a wet dry filter. removing the bio balls is going to create a lot of air bubbles in the tank as the water cascades in to the sump. i have tried this and the only thing i can think of is to modifie a piece of acrylic to fit in to the sump area like a ramp. anybody have any ideas.

let me know if you get any feedback from your idea, my husband isn't convinced removing the bioballs is the best idea, the way i look at it is the people on here seem much more knowledgeable than the LFS(at least the ones I've dealt with)
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