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Bio Balls
May 5, 2011
9:42 am
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Welshfish
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Hi all

thnx for the welcome

I am living in Llandovery, Wales and am wheelchair bound

I used to breed birds but sadly they had to go as they attracted rats into the garden

I am brand new to this hobby and have been given a 6 foot by 1 foot by 15 inch custom built tank

It has been in situ now for maybe 2 months

For the environment I have coral substrate

two texas ocean rock at present as it is extremely expensive

3 plastic aquarium plants and a terracotta flowerpot between to pieces of river bed granite

I have 6 Aulonocara (Sunset)Peacocks(2 male and 4 female)

In 3 weeks time I am introducing 4 Synodontis Petricola Dwarfs

My PH is 7.8 to 8

the Ammonia is all but 0

The Nitrites and Nitrates are still kind of High

2.0ppm for Nitrite and 40ppm for the Nitrates

I am running a brand new EFX 600 Filter with an added tray of "Bio Balls"

My first question would be... Are these "balls" a neccessity as the noise they make is quite irritating. and the tank is actually in my bedroom

All suggestions and advice are greatfully recieved

May 5, 2011
11:37 am
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I think you can replace the bio-balls with another medium without problem.

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May 5, 2011
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QUOTE (Matt @ May 5 2011, 12:20 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think you can replace the bio-balls with another medium without problem.

Great news

any suggestions

May 5, 2011
6:36 pm
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Perhaps one of the ceramic ones?

Quick question - where exactly in the filter do you have the tray of bio balls? Top, middle, or bottom?

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May 5, 2011
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sponges would make no noise - not sure if something like siporax would still jiggle about?

May 5, 2011
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That makes sense. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

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May 17, 2011
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what sort of bio balls are you using? Technically if you have sufficient balls in your tray there shouldn't be any movement. You probably just require more filter media. Consider whether it's a an air intake from a loose fitting if that doesn't remedy the irritant.

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