Discussion in 'Fauna Marin' started by Fauna Marin, Oct 19, 2016.
Seeding would best be done by using Bacto Blend.
Hello, I just received my BRB bottle and when I opened it (the lid was sealed) there is liquid inside the bottle along with the balls...is this normal or have some burst? Thanks, Andy
That is normal
Perfectly normal, they are kept moist for the bacteria/enzymes to keep.
Do these ever completely dissolve.? As stated above, you need to remove any undissolved balls when adding new?
No, the undissolved spheres are the soft material used to hold the bacteria in-place. The ball shrinks as the bacteria is released, leaving behind a piece that is about a 1/3 of the original size. When you see this, you should remove the remains and add a new batch of BRB.
I hope this forum is still being monitored as I can’t seem to find this answer. I’ve recently started using Bacto Balls in my 20 gallon tank. I started with half the dose and used only one ball. This one dissolved down literally within one day so I added a second. This second one also dissolved almost immediately. I then replaced the balls with 2 more and noticed these two were dissolved down the 1/3 their size ina couple days. Why are they dissolving so fast? Should I continue to replace them and will the dissolve rate slow down? Should I still wait the 2 weeks or just keep swapping them out? Thank you in advance!
Could these be used in a quarantine tank? Any conflicts or absorption with medications?
I would say that continued dosage requirements depend on your water test results. I don’t think there is any exact science here with adding these to your sytem.... test your water, and decide from there would be my approach.
@Fauna Marin , you mentioned that they could be placed in a filter sock but also mentioned placing them after the skimmer. Does placing them before the skimmer reduce their effectiveness?
The rate at which BRB dissolve is dependent on your current nutrient levels and placement of the balls. Higher nutrient levels will rapidly dissolve the ball. Placing it in too much flow will also pre-maturely dissolve the ball. Each batch should be kept in a slow flow area either inside a media reactor or in a filter bag. For more information on BRB, please refer to our How-to-use guide on our downloads page:
Sure! No issues at all.
We suggest placement after the skimmer because this is typically the area where there is less flow. This allows the balls to dissolve more consistently. Of course with there being so many different sump designs now, it would be best to base BRB placement on the configuration of your sump design.
I just opened my second jar of brb. The seal on this one didn’t seem to be sealed down tight like the last one . Is this an issue?
Not at all.
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