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BRS Biopellets By Ojake on 9/7/2014Ojake would recommend this product to a friendBeen using them for over 1 year now. Using a Reef Octopus reactor and large water flow. I have had NONE of the problems some people are reporting. Nitrates and Phosphates remain below detectable using Red Sea tests kits.
Great for FOLR tanks, SPS keepers beware By Eldog on 8/20/2014Eldog wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have been running biopellets in a BR 140 chamber for nearly 5 months. I switched to Ecobac pellets due to rapid degradation of the BR biopellets and guess what; the Ecobac pellets degraded even faster. On the plus side the biopellets did completely remove all nitrates and phosphates, undetectable on testing. Unfortunately, the SPS corals, and clams did not respond well, slow tissue necrosis and cynobacteria was a major side effect of the organic carbon influx induced by the biopellets. The whitish residue from the degradation of the biopellets coats all plumbing surfaces and sides of sump and skimmer. For heavy bio-loaded FOLR tanks the biopellets would work perfectly, cyanobacteria as consequence, but I would not recommend this product for SPS reef tanks. The LPS corals were fine with normal growth of zoanthids and other colonies. I have taken the biopellet reactor off my 230 display. Experiment over.
Can't get my nitrates down By Roman on 8/19/2014Roman would recommend this product to a friend8 months after starting using BRS biopellets in my Innovative Marine media reactor still cannot get nitrates down, it seems to be stuck at 10-20 ppm. No negative side effects like bacteria or diatoms boom, but I was hoping to get results faster. Started dosing Brightwell Microbacter7, hope it will properly seed the reactor with better bacteria strain and start bringing down nitrates
Good product By Davidfrances on 8/18/2014Davidfrances would recommend this product to a friendI have been running the BRS product now for a few weeks. Like some of the other reviewers, I have not noticed a significant uptick in the amount of skimmate being pulled out of my tank, but the skimmate that does come off now is exponentially more rank than before. I can report that my nitrate and phosphate levels are below the measuing ability of my test kits, having gone from 10ppm nitrate and 40 ppm phosphate previously.
Rapid Degradation By Eldog on 8/5/2014Eldog wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAfter 4 months the BRS biopellets were removed due to rapid degradation with fine plastic silt accumulating everywhere down-stream of the reactor via the effluent. After conferring with the BRS Tech Advisers, they suggested moving a greater volume of water through the reactor to mitigate accumulation of too much bio-mass. The accumulation was clearly fine particles of the biopellet material and not associated with biologic bacterial cells. The added water-flow simply accelerated the break down of the pellets. I have switched to Ecobak pellets and will restart the reactor. I receive all of my dosing, RODI and filter media from BRS and have always been very satisfied. I feel this product is defective however.
Large Pellets By Anthony on 7/15/2014Anthony would recommend this product to a friendBiopellets seem to be the wave of the future. They work, it is obvious. These pellets seem to be a bit larger than some.
Rapid degradation By Eldog on 6/24/2014Eldog wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI am very pleased with the nitrate reduction since running biopellets in the BR140 reef octopus reaction chamber on my 240 gallon reef tank. Nitrates went from 5 ppm to undetectable in 16 weeks. The downside at this point is a rapid degradation of the pellets leaving a fine but thick pasty emulsion on the upper segment of the chamber, return plumbing, and sump / protein skimmer. The degradation was rapid between 15 - 18 weeks I noticed a steady accumulation of biopellet emulsion. I have rerouted the output side of the reactor through my filter sock in fear that this emulsion may have an adverse reaction on the tank inhabitants and corals.
Great product so far By Sharkboy on 3/14/2014Sharkboy would recommend this product to a friendThe pellets tumble nicely with an Eheim 2000 and bashsea reactor. Pellets don't clump either. Time will tell if notates are lowered as they have only been tumbling a week now
DONT DO IT! By Todd on 2/23/2014Todd wouldn't recommend this product to a friendIf your tank is already up and running DON'T!!! use this stuff. It killed my whole tank slowly but surely. It made everything healthy and brighter at first then came the cyano bacteria . I immediately removed it and did a massive water change to get rid of any of the bacteria it created but I was too late and over the next 6 months no matter what I did it didn't help and now I have a tank full of rock and a starfish.
pretty good By Dustin on 12/11/2013Dustin would recommend this product to a friendworks good for nitrate reduction but I dont see it helping with phosphates in my tank.
Great stuff, good price, but 500ml is a tiny bag By Anthony on 12/3/2013Anthony would recommend this product to a friendI've been running the stuff for 9 months and have been very happy with the results. The last time I ordered I ordered the 1000ml and that's the small size shown in the picture, this last time I accidentally ordered the 500ml, thinking it was the small size I ordered before and was disappointed. My fault of course.
I really think the two small sizes should be listed in cups instead of ml since the calculator only shows the number of cups recommended.
Great so far By Russell on 11/30/2013Russell would recommend this product to a friendI have been running these pellets in my DIY reactor for about 8 weeks now with great results. I havent noticed much of an uptick in my skimmate, but nitrates are down and algae is almost completely gone. I may have to step up feeding or supplement feed my crabs and snails soon.
Previously Asked Questions
by Robert on December 21, 2013, @2:22 PM
How often do pellets need to be changed or replaced
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Robert,
The pellets don't get changed out you just top them off as they get consumed. Typically this is every few months (3-6).
by Brendan on April 21, 2014, @1:42 PM
How often do you recommend leaving the pellets in before having to change them?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Brendan,
The pellets don't actually need to be changed out, they get consumed by the bacteria as they run so they just need to be topped off as they get consumed. It will vary but 4-6 months would be pretty typical.
by JERRY on November 18, 2013, @7:43 AM
I've looked high and low for this answer but couldn't find it anywhere... I see it says don't touch for 8 weeks but when do you replace these? Also will I only replace part or all?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Jerry,
They are basically food and surface area for bacteria so you actually don't ever remove and replace them. You just add more as they get consumed. Once up and running thats usually once every couple of months.
by Gil on August 2, 2014, @7:30 AM
What is a base line amount of bio pellets per gal of system volume to use as a starting point? I understand that it will all depend on the bio load of each individual tank.... But there has to be a starting figure and then work from there to find what works for my tank.
My tank is currently lightly stocked, with 330 gal of total system volume
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Gil,
250mL per 50g would be a pretty typical load. In your tank that would be about 1750mL, which is about 7 cups.
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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