General Biopellet Question

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  1. ajkdark

    ajkdark Member

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    Hi all,

    I’m considering trying Biopellets.

    Any advice that you can give?

    Sam?

    Cheers
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    You need a powerful Skimmer to remove the bacteria being pumped into the system by the pellets. I recently switched from the white pearl looking pellets to a red coloured one from Fish Street. The white ones seemed to create a lot of “snot” that clogged everything up. My corals kept dying and I could see excess bacteria forming in the sand and on rocks etc. since switching pellets and buying a bigger and more powerful Skimmer and stronger pump for the pellet reactor to enable really good continuous tumbling, generally my corals are healthier. I still have SPS browning, but my Mag is a little high so I think it’s more the cause than pellets.

    I wish I could stop using pellets, but I think it’s just about impossible now because the system has been running this way for ages. You need to find other ways to process your phos and nitrates otherwise.
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    Can I ask what the driving factor of trying bio pellets is? Nitrates?
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    Hi Sam,

    The driving factor is high nitrates.

    Tank is 3 and 1/2 years old. It looks good. But nitrates are a concern to me.

    Skimmer is a Deltec1455. So well rated for my Red Sea 500.

    Tank is very heavily stocked with corals.

    I guess you could say, always striving for perfection.

    Cheers
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    What would you classify high nitrates? What have you done to tackle them to date?

    I'd go a bunch of options before bio pellets, but thats just me
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    Do you know anyone who's tried bio pellets, by any chance? If so, how did it work out for them?

    -Kamran
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    Hi Sam,

    Currently Nitrates sitting around 16. Phosphates 1.1.

    Currently dosing Red Sea NoPox, which has slowly reduced the Nitrates. So moving in a positive direction.

    Just wondering if Biopellets is a good option? Or stick with what’s working.

    Cheers
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    No, I’m not aware of anyone who has gone down the Biopellet path personally.

    Apart from forums, which I take with a little grain of salt.

    And yes, I’ve considered purchasing one of your products. But not really sure if that’s the way to go either. Although I am aware of the benefits of your products, in regards to nutrient export.

    Cheers.
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    That should be Phosphates of 0.11
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    ok phew, .11 is much better than 1.1!

    I wouldn't be stressed with either of those figures. Personally, I'd tackle it just by upping your water changes a bit and a little bit of extra husbandry for a few weeks. How much water and what frequency are you changing at the moment? I'd look at getting a turkey baster and giving behind/under rocks bit of a dust off with that (do a small-ish section at a time if there is heaps of detritus) and give your sump a good clean with a wet-dry vac. That combined with some extra water changes will have your nitrates and phosphate down into what most seem to consider the "sweet spot" in no time.
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    Thanks Sam.

    I change 25 litres per week. I'll increase the frequency.

    Sump has had the spring clean. I'll keep on top of it.

    Your advice has been appreciated,

    Cheers
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    No sweat! Just my thoughts though, always many ways to skin a cat

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