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.
We recommend 1 cup (8 fl. oz or 236 mL) of BRS biopellets per 50 gallons of system volume.
Available in four sizes:
- 16 Ounces
- 32 Ounces
- 64 Ounces
- 128 Ounces
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 BRS Biopellets is an inexpensive fluidized reactor and a pump.
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.
You can run UV and biopellets however, we recommend turning the UV off while you establish the bacteria population. Once established, you can go ahead and turn the UV back on. Running them at the same time puts you at risk for killing the bacteria.
Thank you for reaching out to us! Yes, you can use these pellets in their reactor.
Please let me know if you need anything further and take care!
They do not need to be soaked in water before, just add them to the reactor with bacteria and adjust the flow.
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Biopellets need to be continuously agitated to keep them from clumping so a reactor is required. Our BRS Biopellet Reactor is a great low cost option for tanks up to 75 gallons or so.
Hope this helps!
Biopellets need to tumble to be effective, and in a canister filter the bacterial film that they can produce may quickly clog the canister making it become constant maintenance. Biopellets are best used in a standalone reactor due to the flow requirements and the specialized screens that are normally used. We really like the Reef Octopus BR series as well as their Space Saver series.
I have included a link to the instructions for Bio-pellets below. We do recommend the half dosage to start with to not shock the system. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
We certainly recommend Carbon and GFO to help with phosphate removal and clarity. For bio-pellets we do not recommend them in the standard BRS reactor as they will clog. Ideally a dedicated bio-pellet reactor will need to be used. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
My tank is currently lightly stocked, with 330 gal of total system volume
250mL per 50g would be a pretty typical load. In your tank that would be about 1750mL, which is about 7 cups.
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.
The pellets don't get changed out you just top them off as they get consumed. Typically this is every few months (3-6).
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.