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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-26-2007, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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new little 6 gallon tank

ok so , i have a new little 6 gallon tank that i bought for my girlfriend, so she can decorate it. (she was mad becasue i wouldnt let her decorate my 55g, lol) anyway, it has little filter cartriges and a wheel thing, but no bio balls. how do the nitrifying bacteria develope with no bio balls?
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If it has a bio-wheel, that is designed to grow the nitrifying bacteria. As the water hits the wheel and causes it to spin, the bacteria are aerated. At least that's how it's designed to work I believe.
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beneficial bacteria grows everywhere, the bio balls are just a more suited place for larger numbers of them to grow.


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The problem with Bio-Balls is that the offer a paradoxical issue of husbandry. First off, Bio-Balls need to have water trickled over them so that they receive a mix of water and air exposure. Secondly, they must be cleaned so that they don't release too many nitrates to the water, but at the same time are not suppose to be disturbed. I could write volumes. Anyway, Bio Balls don't work very well, nor do Bio wheels. Also, I believe that Biowheels and bio balls are prone to depleting your system of CO2.
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