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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by dunny321, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. dunny321

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    Hi to all moved house in dec got a new tank moved water all rock fish got new sand got more rock all ok first time with sump do i keep bio balls?
     
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    Hi, and a warm welcome to the forum.
     
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    :sign0016: [MENTION=22240]dunny321[/MENTION] to salty box , sounds like you've made a start Big Thumbs Up most people don't bother with bio balls as over time they get clogged up and just create a nitrate trap , that's not to say you don't have to use them , mostly the rock in your tank if youve got enough in does a better job than the balls , loads of methods to reduce nitrate and the basic one is water change at 10% every week
     
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    Thanks had 55kls got another 15kls more. and 27kls live sand
     
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    I use red seas nopox to keep nitrates at a low amount in conjunction with water changes Big Thumbs Up
     
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    Hello ,Just a thought you might like to start a tank thread in the tank section then the knowledgeable ones on here will be able to give you loads of advice and help.
     
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    HI to all how do i start a tank thread?
     
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    Members tank dairy section on the main reef keeping forum.
    Choose the one that applies to you e.g.,nano,medium,large,and away you go .Big Thumbs Up
     
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    click the link in my signature and choose the appropriate section :)

    Sent from my s6 using Tapatalk!
     
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    HI all do i keep bio balls in sump? new to this had a canister filter b4 if i remove what do i use?
     
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    Welcome to the forum. See in my signature the link for help and advise you would get more replys to your question in there. Personally i would be removing the bio balls as they are a NITRATE boom waiting to happen. Some may disagree just my 2 cents.
     
  12. jim_fitz

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    Depends what you intend to keep really
    I would say they are fine for fish only systems
    they are very efficient at converting ammonia which is deadly to fish
    whereas a lot of fish can actually survive upto 500 ppm nitrate (the measurement of which half a sample actually die)
    and this can easily be controlled by water changes
    most fish would be happy in 50ppm nitrate

    If you go reef route i wouldnt
     
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