Any tank owner knows that nitrates are the bane of their tank’s existence.
Nitrate levels that are too high can lead to poor tank health, sick fish,
dying coral, and all sorts of other negative consequences. The battle
against nitrates is one that frustrates tank owners to no end, and if
you’ve had little luck to speak of thus far, you should consider
installing a biopellet reactor in your tank—the results could shock you.
To put it simply, biopellets are small pieces of a special plastic polymer
that are designed to float around in a small holding tank, the reactor,
and remove nitrates from your tank. However, the pellets themselves don’t
actually do this job, an added colony of bacteria does. Inside the reactor,
the added bacteria attaches itself to and begins consuming the pellets
which are then swirled around inside the reactor. As the infected pellets
swirl, they remove nitrates from the water that is injected into the reactor.
The water is then pushed out of the reactor through a filtering top plate
and then fed back into your tank. It’s strongly advised you run
one of these in conjunction with a protein scraper, which is another type
of filter that removes things like algae, bacteria, and other contaminants
from the water. The now fresh and clean water is then fed back into your
tank for your fish to enjoy.
Sounds simple, right? It can be, so long as you make sure your filters
stay clean and your pellet levels are appropriate. If you’re considering
installing one of these devices in your tank you need to make sure you
purchase a reactor that’s the appropriate size for your tank. A
reactor that’s too large won’t be able to effectively filter
the water because you won’t be able to put the water through it
with enough pressure to allow the device to work. A reactor that’s
too small will quickly fill up and clog with contaminants. It also probably
won’t be able to keep up with the demands your tank places on it.
Your reactor should have a decent number of pellets in it at all times,
and you will need to regularly refill your pellet level as the bacteria
in the reactor slowly eat away at the material.
Things to Know
Ideally, biopellets will last several weeks before a refill or replacement
is needed. However, when the time does come to replace them, you’ll
need to soak the pellets for at least 24 hours before adding them to your
reactor. This is to prevent the pellets from floating, which they’ll
tend to do if you stick them in without soaking. You want the pellets
to sink to the bottom of your reactor.
You’ll also need to add more bacteria to your reactor ever so often,
ranging from every week to every 10 to 15 days depending on the brand
and type of bacteria you purchase. Some pro-grade bacteria require less
compound and need boosted less often, but cost significantly more.
Call Living Art Aquatic Design, Inc. today at (310) 626-1448 to
request a quote and let our Los Angeles custom aquarium experts work with you on choosing
the proper biopellet reactor for your tank!