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Old 12/30/2006, 09:56 PM
acrouse acrouse is offline
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Question 55 gal sump w/bioballs?

I got a 55 gal sump which I want to make a sump out of it. I would like to have a section of it to hold bioballs for bio filter. Does anyone have any plans or pictures of something similar. I would like to go from tank to skimmer to bio balls to fuge to return pump. would welcome any commit on this idea.
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Old 12/31/2006, 01:36 AM
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I'd skip the bioballs. They are an outdated filtration method. They are great for providing aerobic bacteria a place to live and convert waste->ammonia->nitrite->nitrate but lack the environment to convert the nitrate->nitrogen. The last stage requires an anerobic (NO oxygen) environment. This generally leaves you with excessively high nitrates later on.

In all honesty, you will be fine with an appropriately sized skimmer (for a 100g, an ASM G3 or a medium ReefOctopus skimmer would be great choices) and a good fuge.
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Old 12/31/2006, 08:21 AM
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I had bioballs floating in the water in a dark place of my sump. all kinds of sponges and feather dusters would grow all over them. i would also feed plenty of live phytoplankton at the time, so they grew in pretty well. anyways, i was pretty succesful with that set up and i am pretty sure that part of my succes was due to the fact i had all that life living in the dark section of my sump on my bioballs. (all the balls were submerged)
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Old 01/01/2007, 02:52 AM
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I had bioballs floating in the water in a dark place of my sump. all kinds of sponges and feather dusters would grow all over them. i would also feed plenty of live phytoplankton at the time, so they grew in pretty well. anyways, i was pretty succesful with that set up and i am pretty sure that part of my succes was due to the fact i had all that life living in the dark section of my sump on my bioballs. (all the balls were submerged)
i have a whole buncha bio balls lying around my house from my previous filter. didnt know if i should toss them in my sump or not. ill give it a try and see what happens. thanx reeferon.
 

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