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Biopellet pimp my ride By Steve on 4/27/13Steve would recommend this product to a friendA short time ago I purchased the BRS dual Medea reactor for GFO,CARBON, BIO, whatever. I have read a lot about this stuff and I will be applying this system to my 16gal nano when I arrive at my next duty station in San Juan, PR. I know it sounds like I am installing a Chevrolet big block engine in a Mini Cooper, but why not give it a shot!
Another great Product from BRS!!! By Michael on 4/19/13Michael would recommend this product to a friendI was running GFO in my BRS Reactor and I was having to change it every two weeks. My Phosphates and nitrates were on the high side for me so started to do research on biopellets and decided to give then a try. Since having them running in the system the levels have dropped greatly. I will update this in about a month or so as to get the full capabilities of this wonderful product.
works good By Dustin on 3/31/13Dustin would recommend this product to a friendi added this to my 1 year establishe reef tank.it will cloud the tank for a few days.do not panic.after a little over a month my nitrates went way down and have been at 0 6 months now. only con is they cost alot imo
Great product By jose on 3/15/13jose would recommend this product to a friendThe pellets are tumbleing nicely,They are kind of expensive,work great my nitrates are always low,Product works as advertised.
Descent price By Ali on 2/23/13Ali would recommend this product to a friendThis prodect is very good and has a reasonable price on it
Can't say just yet. 5 stars for shipping and quality. By Toby on 2/15/13Toby would recommend this product to a friendI bought these to run in my BRS reactor but recently switched over to Chemi-pure elite. Nice product but got nervous looking at forums and people were stating that once you use them, you can't stop. One if the reasons were serious nitrate spikes if you do. I'm not sure if this is false or true. However with reef tanks their is alot of misguiding info on forums. I may take the plunge after my current media depletes.
So far so good.... By Tyler on 2/4/13Tyler would recommend this product to a friendThis is my 1st experience with biopellets and so far so good! I have started these on one of my tanks just to see how it works before I switch everywhere. The cost is great and the kids like watching them
So far, these are the solution to my problems. By Ryan on 12/22/12Ryan would recommend this product to a friendWith all of the reviews that I had read on biopellets, they seemed to be hit or miss. I have them running in a two little fishies 550 reactor and removed the two sponge filters. They do fit through the wholes in the red covers but as long as flow is kept under control they can't make it high enough to escape. Since the introduction of the biopellets on Nov, 25th my phosphates have dropped 28% without a water change and nitrates have dropped by 50% with a water change (I forgot to test nitrates after the water change). I did have a slight algae bloom where the water got cloudy for roughly a week after the introduction of the pellets. Other then that one side of the pellets tends to clump and not flow as well as the other. This is more than likely due to the reactor not being built specifically made for biopellets.
Does What it Says it Does By Ibrahim on 11/26/12Ibrahim would recommend this product to a friendBeen using this product for a couple of weeks and have noticed that my levels are lowering by the week. Great product.
Long lasting By Colin on 11/25/12Colin would recommend this product to a friendThese things work great my nitrates are always low and they last a long time! They are kind of expensive but not so bad for how long they last! Would buy again.
No problems clumping and lasts a long time. By jlemoine2 on 10/24/12jlemoine2 would recommend this product to a friendGreat product for bio-pellets and the price is reasonable compared to some other sources for bio-pellets.
I found soaking the pellets in new salt water for a day or two helps prevent the pellets from wanting to float inside of the reactor.
I must stress: In order to have success with bio-pellets, you must follow the instructions (the BRS videos are helpful), and above all, be patient! Bio-pellets are not a quick fix.
I run these pellets in a NextReef solid media reactor. I plumb the output of the reactor into a tee I installed on the input of my protein skimmer.
I keep the flow relatively slow through my reactor. The only time I ever see signs of the pellets clumping is when I go several months without cleaning the screen in the reactor... when that happens, one side near the bottom does not get stirred so well. However, I'm easily able to maintain a low flow without worrying about clumping issues.
Great product! I like being able to order it from the same place I get my other consumable supplies.
Seems to work so far... By Steve on 10/21/12Steve would recommend this product to a friendMy first experience with biopellets. So far, on my 155 gal system, I'm breaking in the first 200 ml, and I've not had any problems. At the 3 week mark, so need more time to see effects. Going slow as recommended.
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by Stefanie on April 22, 2013, @7:39 AM
How long will 3 cups of biopellets in a reactor last? Just wondering how often I will have to replace or refill the cartridge.
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Stefanie,
You want to run about 1 cup(250ml) of bio-pellets for every 50g of tank water you have. If you do that under normal circumstances the biopellets will generally last for about 3-6 months but it will depend on your level of nitrates, bacteria, etc.
by SuAnna on March 28, 2013, @2:46 PM
Would you be able to use a filter bag and simply add this to a filter setup instead of putting it in a reactor?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey there,
Unfortunately Bio-pellets do need to tumble vigorously which will require they be run in a reactor in order to function properly. There are a variety of great options available depending on what your looking for. I happen to like the space saving reef octopus model if you are looking for something that's all built together with pump included, or the BR series pumps if your looking for a simple external reactor that you use your own pump with. Both can be found at the link below.
by Devin on February 1, 2013, @2:52 PM
Do you recommend running this instead of GFO or can it run along with it at the same time of initial installation?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Devin,
The biopellets and GFO are really for different purposes. GFO removes phosphates and biopellets largely are intended for removing nitrates. Most folks end up running both, though if your going to run biopellets you will want to temporarily suspend the GFO until the biopellets get cycled and start doing their thing. This is typically 6-8 weeks or so.
We recommend 1 cup (236 ml) of BRS biopellets per 50 gallons of system volume. See Instructions.
Maintaining low nitrates is key to maintaining the best coral coloration, healthy fish and avoiding algae outbreaks. Fish foods and resulting waste eventually break down into nitrates. Aquarists’ primary method of dealing with nitrate removal is water changes but over the years we have developed a few ways to remove nitrates with equipment like refugiums, sulfur reactors and deep sandbeds. All of these methods work to various degrees but are often less efficient than we would like or the level of complexity, expense and maintenance is beyond what the average reefer would desire
Solid carbon dosing (biopellets) has recently become an extremely popular method of removing nitrates from the aquarium. The exact method of denitration can be different for each tank but it mainly consists of a few things:
- Nitrate laden Bacteria is removed via the protein skimmer
- Bacteria directly converts nitrite into nitrous oxide so nitrate is never produced
- Bacteria consumes nitrates and processes them down into nitrogen gas
- Nitrate laden Bacteria is consumed by tank inhabitants like corals and sponges
Depending on the system it should take 4-8 weeks for the bacteria population to multiply and begin its work on your nitrates. Once you have the reactor going we suggest not making any adjustments for 8 weeks. Give the media and bacteria time to adjust to the parameters found in your tank and begin working. The absolute best advice we can give with this system is to set it up and forget about it for two months. Unless something is obviously not right resist all temptation to make any changes until the two months are up.
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