Taking the plunge.

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Alan, 10 Jan 2012.

  1. Alan

    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    Well after 8 yrs of running my DSB it was starting to get very tired, my NO3 levels started to slowly creep up. I was now faced with a decesion weather to go with a new DSB or move on and keep up with changes in the hobby, eventually decided on the latter. I have removed the DSB and decided to go with the Berlin method of live rock and strong skimming. I have also added 1L of Bio pellets into 2 reactors to aid the control of nitrates and phosphates. In my calculation i will eventually need around 2 - 3L of pellets but i have started with half the amount, hoping to avoid the pending bacterial bloom as the NO3 levels have crept up to about the 30 mark. I do not wish to run a ULNS so will be adding pellets slowly until i get the NO3 level to about 5. Any advice on the use of the pellets would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    The key is good flow in the reactor with the pellets and a overrated Skimmer. The rest is easy IMO.
     
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    nice! berlin method works well :) my non-zeovit tank runs that way
     
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    @Alan

    A) make sure you use the correct reactor
    B) nothing wrong with the amount you have started with and it is actually better to start with a low dose

    good luck, i am of the same thought as you as to have it as a "polisher" rather than a active no3/po4 remover..
     
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    @Alan How about an update on your progress with bio pellets?
     
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    Second that.....
     
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