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Thread: Bio Balls

  1. Question Bio Balls


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    Do I have to wash them or do I leave them alone ?

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    certainly wouldn't hurt to wash them. who knows what they may have been exposed to during manufacturing, packaging, etc. Better safe than sorry, right?

    EDIT: I assumed that you mean before first adding them to a filtration system, but maybe you meant as a general part of tank maintenance?
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    I give mine a quick rinse in tank water when I clean my filter. There is some gunk that collects in them. Don't go overboard though, you don't want to get rid of the good bacteria.

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    Thanks for the help, I'm new to this and any help is greatfully recieved, I'm cycling a 260litre and need to wash out the sand from the filter. I'll leave the balls alone until It's cycled then.

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    I would throw them away, I wouldn't use bioballs on any setup anymore. They trap debris and end up being a nitrate factory with all that debris rotting away. There are other, better forms of filtration.

    Is this fresh or salt?
    What size tank?
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    Freshwater 260 litre, what would you advise I use instead ?

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    What type of filter is it exactly?
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    I have used bioballs and similar biomedia in freshwater sumps with great results. All that is needed is an occasional quick rinse in dechlorinated water
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishguy2727
    I would throw them away, I wouldn't use bioballs on any setup anymore. They trap debris and end up being a nitrate factory with all that debris rotting away. There are other, better forms of filtration.

    Is this fresh or salt?
    What size tank?
    With regular filter maintenance, they will not trap much more debris than any other bio media. I have a canister filter full of them and a quick rinse once a month is all that is necessary for maintenance. Although I do think that ceramic media is better, it is no reason to throw them out and replace them. They do in fact work fine.

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    Rinse in tank water you are about to toss out and replace. Someday you may want to change to the ceramic rings but for now these are just fine. They all hold bacteria.

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