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Featured Bio balls or live rock?

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by Recuda, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. Recuda

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    Hiya

    I have an aqua medic percule 120, and they use bioballs in part of the sump.

    I have heard replacing the bio balls with live rock rubble will be better than the bio balls. Has any one tried and tested this?
     
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    Chris Durkin used to have the aquamedic perc tank, I am sure he will have swapped them, I am sure he will comment for you [thumbup.gif]
     
  3. busby

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    I will keep my eye on this one. I have bio balls in my aquael reefmax have kept them in one of the 3 sections and replaced third with ceramic media, but considered lr instead. Good luck with yours
     
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    live rock all the way.
     
  5. Recuda

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    yeah thinking of taking out the bio balls and filling with live rock rubble, but read somewhere that you have to do it bit by bit. On a percula this is knid of tricky as he compartment for bio balls aint that big. Hopefully someone with experinece of swapping will post and give us some tips....lol
     
  6. Kev

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    Ran a perc 120 for 18 months. Left bioballs in. I never experienced any issues whatsoever. Never experienced nitrates. If using the same system again, I would go on my past experience and leave them in there.
     
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    i agree with Kev been using bio balls for 5 years in my sump 0 nitrates,,,,,pete
     
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    I believe its a waste of money putting live rock in a sump unless your going to install powerheads and get your berlin 20x turnover in there as well, otherwise it will just bloke with detritus. If you have a sufficient amount of live rock in the main tank I would personnally run DSB and Refugium in the sump.
     
  9. killi

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    he doesn't have a sump [confused1.gif] ,,,pete
     
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    [confused1.gif]
     
  11. killi

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    i see were your coming from [thumbup1.gif] but IMO ,its not a sump , has on this tank
    they are chambers built into the back of the tank that work like trickle filter's hence the bio balls ,pete
     
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  13. Recuda

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    The sump in percula is in the back! its not huge but has four compartments first one skimmer next is sponge filter then bio balls(about a bucket full) then the return.

    I was thinking of replacing the bio balls with live rock, but you reckon a fuge?

    Cheers, Martin
     
  14. Recuda

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    anyone else done this?
     
  15. MonmouthMarine

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    I don't know the setup exactly but I'm guessing if small a DSB would be better but would depend where the inlets and outlets are. Sounds to small for fuge maybe...
     
  16. Recuda

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    I will have a measure and post them in a mo
     
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