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 #4172  by Jonny5
 11 Dec 2017 18:11
Ok. So. I was big into saltwater reef systems. I ran bio pellets in a reactor. Long of the short is that it is a carbon source for bacteria to consume naitrate and phosphate and then produce bio film. Now in a reactor it is designed for the pellets to tumble in a fluidzed reactor and to scuff of old and weak bacteria. The outlet of it is directed to skimmer to remove bacteria.

My finding is most shrimp are belived to feed off bacteria. So if we were to throw a few bio pellets in bottom of tank and allow the shrimp to eat the film off the pellets. Now it wouldn't be a nutrient export like it is designed in reef system. But would be almost endless food supply that would be unable to pollute the water.
 #4173  by odin
 11 Dec 2017 18:13
This sounds pretty interesting, I will have to do some research my self and look into it. Have you thought about trying it out?


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 #4175  by Jonny5
 11 Dec 2017 18:40
I was thinking about trying it out. Can't find any info on it. Someone said about trying it on cherry shrimp but never updated. My problem is I don't have enough to do a control. Not to mention i dont really have enough experience with these guys yet.
 #4177  by Jonny5
 11 Dec 2017 18:57
It's not as simple as just testing water parameters. We need someone who knows these guys. And knows their actions and activities. Since we won't really see water parameter changes it's not as simple as testing. But if they can feed as much as they want and we don't have to worry about polluting their water in theory they should grow bigger and faster and reproduce more. The all you can eat buffett but out the draw back of having to do water changes to keep parameters good. I know that you don't need to change water with these guys but I think that is because of very controlled feeding.
 #4199  by odin
 15 Dec 2017 21:11
I agree about the feeding part, one of my tanks i feed fish flake and the water quality isn't as clear and gunk free compared to the tanks i feed with spirulina powder... this stuff doesn't seem to foul the water very easily.