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BRS Bulk Biopellets work to remove nitrates produced when fish foods and resulting waste break down. Maintaining low nitrates is key to maintaining the best coral coloration, healthy fish and avoiding algae outbreaks.



BRS Bulk Biopellets are made from 100% natural Polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHA and are an excellent solid carbon source for denitrifying bacteria in the aquarium. BRS Bulk Biopellets are produced by a leader in the industry, designed specifically for denitrification in aquaria and we believe it to be the best product available. Use of biopellets will also remove phosphates - combined with wise food selections it can be the only type of phosphate control required.



All you need to implement this is some BRS Biopellets, an inexpensive fluidized reactor and a pump.


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  • Quick Overview

BRS Bulk Biopellets work to remove nitrates produced when fish foods and resulting waste break down. Maintaining low nitrates is key to maintaining the best coral coloration, healthy fish and avoiding algae outbreaks.

BRS Bulk Biopellets are made from 100% natural Polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHA and are an excellent solid carbon source for denitrifying bacteria in the aquarium. BRS Bulk Biopellets are produced by a leader in the industry, designed specifically for denitrification in aquaria and we believe it to be the best product available. Use of biopellets will also remove phosphates - combined with wise food selections it can be the only type of phosphate control required.

All you need to implement this is some BRS Biopellets, an inexpensive fluidized reactor and a pump.More

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

    Thanks,
    Jerry S.

    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.

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  • 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

    Thanks

    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.

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  • 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).

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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

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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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  • good product By subie on 2/22/2015

    Works good for nitrate so far..
  • Good so far By David L on 12/22/2014

    I was sent the BRS brand of bio pellets after having issues with TLF brand floating and clumping. I had no issues with the BRS brand from day one. Now lets see if the bio pellets help reduce my nitrates.
  • Good Product By EZ on 12/1/2014

    I've tried a few different types of biopellets and I seem to keep coming back to these. They tumble well, and don't seem to clump like other do. I have them running in two TLF reactors run in series which holds just about 1000 ml of pellets. They seem to work pretty well as i have never had a nitrate or phosphate issue but that's all purely anecdotal.
  • Excellent By Michael on 10/29/2014

    Perfect match for my Reef Octopus 3000 reactor.
  • GOOD By Marta on 10/29/2014

    Works good for nitrate reduction but I dont see it helping with phosphates in my tank.
  • disapointed By joesreeftank on 10/24/2014

    Not sure of the quality of the pellets just yet, my concern is when i received my order the jar was open and the pellets spilled all over, I emailed BRS and received no response.
  • Amazing By Paul on 10/22/2014

    These tumble great in my little media reactor and keep nitrates and phosphates at 0, what more can you ask for? I only got the 500ml bag for my 30 gallong nano with a mix of coral and live rock and have had no issue with algae blooms and such like others. Just follow the directions, and if you have an established tank, start with very little so you don't get a big bloom. It's all in the directions.
  • BRS Biopellets By Ojake on 9/7/2014

    Been 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 8/20/2014

    I 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 8/19/2014

    8 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 8/18/2014

    I 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 8/5/2014

    After 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.

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