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Old 04-21-2011, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I've got a bag of biopellets, whats next?

Is anybody using these?

Seems unclomplicated, just place them in a reactor and you are done; but there is more. There is bacteria involved and estensive skimming that is required according to instructions on the bag. It also requires good oxygen exchange.

I don't want to suffocate my fish, or are these worries unfounded or is there more that I'm missing.
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is specifically what was given to me

Two Little Fishies NPX Bioplastics Nitrate & Phosphate Reducing Polymer Media, Biofiltration & Nutrient Control > Biological > Filter Media > Saltwater Aquarium Supplies
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Just a little note of advice. DO NOT OVERDOSE this stuff. I made the huge mistake of putting too much media in my reactor and had a bacteria bloom that produced a slime so thick, it killed my Maxima clams and fouled my system something aweful. Start with a small amount at first then adjust slowly.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Just a little note of advice. DO NOT OVERDOSE this stuff. I made the huge mistake of putting too much media in my reactor and had a bacteria bloom that produced a slime so thick, it killed my Maxima clams and fouled my system something aweful. Start with a small amount at first then adjust slowly.
I never started using it because of the horror stories I read and heard from people who used it. Everybody was saying the same thing you're saying; start with small dose. Some recommended using as little as 1/4 of the recommended amount and then increase to 1/2 and go from there.

The thing with using this media is to skim heavily, something I haven't been able to do lately. First I used an under-rated skimmer and now I can't get this new monster to skim properly (I think its sitting too deep in the water, working on some platform to raise it a bit)
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yea buddy,
I've since stopped using the stuff. I guess I'm just old school. It trashed my 10 year old reef so bad that I've kinda of said never again. I really wanted to use this media because on the other hand I've heard some folks have great success with it. I do have a MRC-MR2 skimmer which is a monster and it overwhelmed the darn thing over night. The over-flow container was full of this viscous slime that actually clung to the walls of the reaction chamber and all the exposed parts of my pumps, fuge etc. It was like snot. I would say that if you are getting a really wet foam from your skimmer, lowering the water level in the chamber will produce a drier, darker foam.
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