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Thread: Biomax Question
11-08-2013, 12:50 PM #1
So a friend of mine made a mistake....
He bought a new 55 and thought for some reason that water and driftwood carried BB and added 19 cichlids to the tank immediately
So i get a call last night with him freaking out because his ammonia is sky high and I think I can help him, but just don't want to hurt my tank in the process
I have 2 AC 110's on my 75, each with a sponge and 3 bags of their bio-max ceramic balls. So to my question, if I give him 2 of my 6 bags, is that going to cause issues with my cycle, or will the tank take it in stride? I am having him buy a new box, and giving me the new stuff and I'll give him two of my bags
11-08-2013, 12:56 PM #2
If you have lots of plants in there and it is not overstocked, I wouldn't worry about it. Just be prepared to test and do a few extra waterchanges just in case.
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11-08-2013, 01:05 PM #3
yep. Lots of stem plants and do WC every week as is. I'm not too worried, just trying to help the guy out.
Pretty much he is asking me as much as he can, he was a SW guy before and just coming over to FW. He is trying to trade a 120g reef ready tank for a two 75g still
11-08-2013, 01:29 PM #4
In a well maintained tank the bio-filter will only hold as much bacteria as the bio-load will support. The bio-load and bio-filter will always balance out and any time you take 1/3 of the filter away it is going to put a stress on that balance. As Kingfisher said, plants and extra water changes will help and there is a small amount (compared to what is in the filter) of bacteria growing on the hard surfaces in the tank add that to you being a capable keeper of fish, and I am sure it will all work out fine.People say if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all... Then they wonder why am I so quiet.
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11-08-2013, 01:30 PM #5
I agree with KingFisher, your filters should be fine but you will want to test daily for a week just to make sure.
Are your friends arms tired from doing major water changes yet?
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11-08-2013, 01:34 PM #6
1. Double filtration for a tank
2. Having more than 1 filter so that you can offset cleanings
3. Not throwing away filter pads / filter media
At this point we are trying to get him on the right track, and he is more than willing to take advice, which is better than the ppl that say "well the fish store told me this so you must be wrong"
11-08-2013, 04:55 PM #7
I would use a good bacterial supplement here as well as the "dirty" filters.
To your original question on the effect on your tank, it will be zero as you have plants and not overstocked.
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