Ceramic Bio Beads Fail?

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FranM
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Ceramic Bio Beads Fail?

Post by FranM » Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:24 pm

I have had nitrate issues in my tank for years. I don't think I'm overstocked in my 55 gallon--five palm sized silver dollars, 3 small clown loaches, 7 cherry barbs and one betta ( in its separate custom enclosure).

I do weekly water changes--about 15 gallons

I siphon gravel each time

I haven't been overfeeding

I've had a bag of ceramic bio beads in this tank for several years. A few things I've been reading on the internet are indicating that the bio beads can actually be contributing to the raised nitrate levels. Anyone ever heard this or can concur??? I have no nitrate in the tap. I rinse filter media each time I do a water change.

This has been an ongoing issue and I'm revisiting it again since it continues to baffle and stress me. Thanks.

Fran

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Re: Ceramic Bio Beads Fail?

Post by Diana » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:06 pm

This is a duplicate post.
Posting it 3 times on such a small board is not going to get you any more or better an answer than in the one main post that has gone on for 2 pages, nor the thread you answered in this forum.

Same problem: Fish food adds protein and therefor nitrogen to the tank.
Same answer:

Nitrogen In = Nitrogen Out.

You need to do more and larger water changes to keep the nitrogen from building up so high.
38 tanks, 2 ponds over 4000 liters of water to keep clean and fresh.

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Re: Ceramic Bio Beads Fail?

Post by FranM » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:31 am

You are the first to reply in a week here. The loach forum is more a bit more active (but certainly not like it used be) that is why I posted there. I'm not looking to compare input, just get some. Three times? I believe I only posted it twice.

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Re: Ceramic Bio Beads Fail?

Post by Diana » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:29 am

You also answered another thread, sympathizing with another person and explaining a bit of your problem in that post. Answering another post is not a problem at all, we come here to share information and experiences. However, I also answered your questions in that other person's thread.
38 tanks, 2 ponds over 4000 liters of water to keep clean and fresh.

Happy fish keeping!

FranM
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Re: Ceramic Bio Beads Fail?

Post by FranM » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:42 am

I understand. I will delete this one later today.

Diana
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Re: Ceramic Bio Beads Fail?

Post by Diana » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:57 pm

You are the first to reply in a week here
Everyone else saw this as a duplicate post, and confined their comments to one so they would all be together.
38 tanks, 2 ponds over 4000 liters of water to keep clean and fresh.

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