BioPellets are consumed by bacteria, which is why new pellets need to be added every 6-12 months to compensate for digested filter media. This can be seen during inspection of the filter or when you measure a increase of nitrates. These figures however depend on aquarium conditions and are strongly influenced by feeding regimes and livestock. Taking regular measurements of both nitrate and phosphate levels in the aquarium is recommended, after which dosages may be increased or decreased.
We suggest placing the outlet of the pellet filter in front of a protein skimmer, to limit the amount of bacteria entering the system. This has the additional benefit of increased gas exchange (CO2-removal and O2-addition). The pellets should never be used without sufficient aeration, as this may lead to low oxygen and pH levels, especially during night time. Proper aeration can be established with air pumps and protein skimmers.
All-In-One NP Reducing BioPellets will allow more feedings and thus more livestock, however, when heavy feeding is required, it is recommended to combine the pellets with standard phosphate adsorbents. The reason for this is that most aquarium feeds contain higher levels of phosphate than is consumed by bacteria, fish and invertebrates, when compared to nitrogen. Some phosphate adsorbents however deplete alkalinity and may reduce pH. Using phosphate adsorbent media based on iron hydroxide does not have this disadvantage. The All-in-One BioPellets already containing a phosphate remover which makes the use of an additional in most situations unnecessary.
You can't overdose the BioPellets. Once your filter system is working optimal, the number of bacteria fluctuate according to the availability of nitrates and phosphates. When the availability of nitrates and phosphates is low, the numbers of bacteria will decrease
Excellent and still going. By Supurderek on 12/7/2016Supurderek would recommend this product to a friendI use these Bio-pellets in my Reef Octopus Bio-Churn 120R, recirculating Bio-pellet reactor. I do not have the issues that others have with it breaking down. I have had it running in my tank for about half a year now. I have no algae issues and it provides the bonus of extra phosphate reduction. I still run Granular Ferric Oxide with it.
Nasty yellow mess By Deandre on 10/1/2016Deandre wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThey work, but I couldn't deal with the yellow film that ended up all over every surface...
Disintegrated in 24hrs By Reefer on 6/26/2016Reefer wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI tried this because of the high flow application. Fortunately, I had the outlet going back through the filter sock and skimmer based on the other reviews I had seen. My pump flow rate was only rated for 260 which is lower than the recommended flow rate. With 12 hrs, the reactor was empty leaving my socks and skimmer to capture the dissolved pellets.
Definitely works but w/ one drawback By Ellery on 6/4/2016Ellery wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAs others have said this stuff definitely works. Have been using it the last few years. Tried the BRS and one other but the pellets were always clumping up. Need to find one that tumbles like this without the sludge that it leaves behind in the system. I still using both the original brown formula and the new yellow mixed right now till I find a another to try as a replacement.
Excellent By Fish Queen on 4/27/2016Fish Queen would recommend this product to a friendWorth every penny
Don't waste your money By Ben on 4/13/2016Ben wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI was trying to avoid dealing with GFO and thought this would be a good solution to lower tank maintenance. This stuff is horrible. No matter how low you have the flow the stuff just grinds away into your filter socks and sump. It was coating the inside of the skimmer and I can see it in my tank. I was running the output thru a 100 micron filter sock and then it went thru 2 200 micron socks.
Buyer Beware By Jason on 4/4/2016Jason wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have used these pellets in a Reef Dynamic Biopellet reactor for about two months. These will leave a brown sludge everywhere. The sludge covered the inside of my reactor and eventually made the reactor output pure ammonia and nitrite and nitrate. I do not recommend these to my worse enemy. I had these on full flow and the sludge would get into everything including the filter screens. I ran the output into filter socks that would get clogged within a hour. Don't bother reefers!!
Good product but messy By ED on 3/20/2016ED wouldn't recommend this product to a friendIt leaves a mess in your sump and manages to get in into your display tank.
It does what it says, but not worth the mess.
Works but the ends don't justify the means By MochoClown11 on 10/14/2015MochoClown11 wouldn't recommend this product to a friendLet me first says these Bio Pellets are amazing. If used correctly (make sure you follow the instructions line by line) they will eliminate all your nitrates and phosphates safely in a matter of weeks (Yes 3 weeks for my 150 gallon). You won't get cyanobacteria and you'll get better polyp extension and better colors in your corals. The issue is the debris from the bio pellets will be everywhere. It's a brown substance that looks like dried up GFO and it will get in your sump, plumbing and pumps. You have to clean it it pretty regularly to make sure it doesn't clog your reactor. I've ran them for almost a year now and as I mentioned they work, but the extra maintenance can really be a pain especially if you expect to set it and forget it. Worth a try if you have really elevated levels in your tank, but I'd switch to another brand once your levels go down.
Excellent product By William on 9/29/2015William would recommend this product to a friendI have been using the All in One Biopellets for over a year on my 240 gallon mixed reef. I have yet to have phosphates to reach more than .02. Just make sure you use a big enough pump on a good quality Biopellet reactor. I position my return from the reactor directly in front of my skimmer intake. I would definitely recommend this product.
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Is it possible to use the Deluxe reactor with the MJ1200 with the all in one. I have a 75 gal with a 20 sump
We do not recommend using the deluxe reactor for bio-pellets as the tumble and flow is not quite adequate. We recommend a dedicated bio-pellet reactor which can tumble and spin the pellets to prevent clogging. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Thanks for your time, can't wait to spend more money......lmao
If you start with bio-pellets it is recommended to halt the GFO in the system (can can continue to run Carbon) the reason behind stopping GFO is if the phosphate levels drop too low the bacteria which consumes the nitrate will also need to consume a small amount of Phosphate. The All in one pellets can resolve this issue. If your nitrates are in the 50-60 ppm you will need a large water change to help reduce the levels. The bio pellets will need to be started with 1/2 dose to start to allow for slow introduction of the large amount of bacteria. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
These can certainly be used in any bio-pellet application! They are a new product with good promise at reducing nitrate as well as phosphate! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
We do not recommend bio-pellets in the reactor as the flow is often not correct and can lead to clogging along with other issues. When possible we recommend a recirculating bio-pellet reactor to prevent the possibility of clogging. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
i have bought a aqueon quiet flow pump aq 2300, is that for the tank.
Ideally you will need a dedicated bio-pellet reactor which will have a pump to adjust the flow to keep the pellets tumbling correctly. For a 76 gallon you will use around 1 cup per 50 gallons so around 1.5 cups maximum. We recommend starting with half a dosage and slowly working up. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!