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bio ball bacteria question.. kinda

ok try to visualize this, a 35gallon container with bio balls,from there it goes to my main sump. ok i could put a ball valve on it to fill it up with tap water and ill have another valve going straight to a drain to get rid of old water. question is, with bio balls being submerged for 5-10 mins lets say will this destroy the bacteria on the bioballs, ruining the dry part of the wet dry system?
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the plan is to implement a simple water change with just two valves. using the dry section as a holding cell for the new water while the return pumps out the dirty water.
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I wouldn't think submerging them would hurt much of the bacteria, especially if it's only for 10 minutes...
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ok try to visualize this, a 35gallon container with bio balls,from there it goes to my main sump. ok i could put a ball valve on it to fill it up with tap water and ill have another valve going straight to a drain to get rid of old water. question is, with bio balls being submerged for 5-10 mins lets say will this destroy the bacteria on the bioballs, ruining the dry part of the wet dry system?
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BB: I think you have a problem. imo, the chlorine (and possibly chloramine) in tap water will kill the bacteria on contact, so unless you use well water, you have a problem. Nice idea, though, and it's good to be thinking.
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BB: I think you have a problem. imo, the chlorine (and possibly chloramine) in tap water will kill the bacteria on contact, so unless you use well water, you have a problem. Nice idea, though, and it's good to be thinking.

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there are some on here than rinse there sponges with cold tap water as their primary filtration method and have few to no issues.

having it sit in a bucket probably isn't the best idea but even then, all the bacteria probably wont die
it is easy enough to drop some dechlor in there though

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hmm, maybe if i leave 10 gallons of tank water in there, then i'll put declorinator in there then fill the rest with tap? that might work better. The way i have it set up its so convenient, for water change. I ordered 3000 bio balls, i hope that fills the barrel.
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