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NP Biopellets Filter Media 500ml

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Experience a different method of keeping your tank water clean and clear without installing gadgets or even using electricity. By using the new NP Biopellets Filter Media from Pet Store , you are literally battling bacteria by ba...
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Part #: NPB500

Experience a different method of keeping your tank water clean and clear without installing gadgets or even using electricity. By using the new NP Biopellets Filter Media from Pet Store, you are literally battling bacteria by bacteria. This is available in a 500-milliliter bottle, which can be used to treat several gallons of liquid. It is specifically designed to remove elemental impurities, such as ammonia, phosphate, and nitrate the natural way.

Whats great about this product is that it introduces you to a technique of removing bad bacteria that you may not be familiar with. The liquid inside the bottle is actually composed of millions of microorganisms that will eat any type of elements in your water. The bacteria can engulf as much pollutants as it can until it becomes large enough to be filtered by your protein skimmer. it is quite safe for your fish and coral life, assuring you that you can pour this formula directly on your tank without removing its contents.

If you want a very unique and subtle way of purifying your aquarium water from phosphates and nitrates, then you should definitely try out the NP Biopellets Filter Media. You will be amazed at how quick and effective this product can clean your tank before your very eyes.

How it works
The positive effects of NP-reducing BioPellets on water quality are based on the principle of immobilization. Waste products from the water, mainly nitrate and phosphate, are converted into bacteria. This keeps the aquarium water clean.

NP-reducing BioPellets are composed of biologically degradable polymers that can be placed in a fluidized filter or filter canister. The pellets will allow aerobic growth of bacteria which consequently will consume nitrate and phosphate simultaneously. The bacteria will use up the carbon from the BioPellets, whilst nitrogen and phosphorus are taken from the water as nitrate and (ortho)phosphate. This conversion of organic BioPellets (together with inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus) into microbial biomass is called immobilization. In addition, anaerobic layers will develop, resulting in additional denitrification.

The surplus of bacteria will be consumed by filter and suspension feeding organisms such as sponges and corals, or skimmed off by a protein skimmer. On average this solid wodka method takes 2-4 weeks to give rise to sufficient bacteria to allow nitrate and phosphate levels to drop. The main advantage of this method over using Wodka or sugar as a carbon source is that NP-reducing BioPellets stimulate local growth of bacteria in a filter compartment, instead of all over in the aquarium where they may clog up pipes and hoses. They also prevent the growth of cyanobacteria, as the bacteria growing on NP-reducing BioPellets will compete with these phototrophic nuisance microbes. Finally, NP-reducing BioPellets will save the aquarist a lot of time, as no daily dosages of carbon are required.

Product guidelines
NP-reducing Biopellets can be placed in canister filters or fluidized reactors. The latter configuration may yield better results, and prevents detritus buildup. A proper starting dosage is 0.5-1 liter of pellets per 500 liters of system volume (12,5-25 fl. oz. for every 100 USG). After about 2-4 weeks, nitrate and phosphate levels should start decreasing. For some aquaria experiencing heavy feeding, higher dosages are appropriate. Examples are aquaria which house large quantities of azooxanthellate corals, sponges, tunicates or large schools of Anthias fish. Dosages may be increased indefinitely, provided the aquarium water is sufficiently aerated.

NP-reducing BioPellets are consumed by bacteria, which is why new pellets need to be added every 3-6 months to compensate for digested substrate. This can be seen during inspection of the filter. 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 also 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.

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.

  • Maintain sufficient water flow through the BioPellets, to prevent production of hydrogen sulphide gas.
  • The use of ozone and UV will negatively affect bacterial recruitment of the BioPellets and increase the maturation time of the
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Excellent product Product Review by DAVID CORTADA (Posted on 1/20/13)

Comments: I was having problems with high nitrates and phosphates in 300 gal reef tank. I used GFO for a while, but get disappointed with all that mess. I also used some NOPOX additives, but with my tank size that was too expensive in the long run.
I did a research and found some interesting posts relating very good results with biopellets, of course there are others with very negative feedback.
One thing it was clear to me, they are able to effectively deal with nitrates and in some extend also phosphates, but on the other hand good experiences where always a result of using basic procedures and equipment.
I'm now using them for about 6 months in a reef octopus reactor and directing the out flow of the reactor to inlet of the skimmer. Results are expectacular, I'm controlling nitrates to be 1ppm and phosphates 0,04, and no maintenance at all, just add some new bacteria (prodibio biodigest) from time to time to keep a wider variety of strains.

NP Biopellets Product Review by TRACEY JELLY (Posted on 4/2/11)

Comments: There has been so much negative criticism of NP Biopellets on this review site. This is not a system you set-up and notice results immediately. However, many people do not report good results within three days or even three weeks. It has taken my NP Biopellet system 10 weeks to achieve acceptable results. I have had to monitor the system throughout this period. To achieve good results I had to increase the NP Biopellets by 50% compared to the recommended dosage.

I have a 265 gallon system, with a sump, refugium and a very good skimmer. If you are having trouble with nitrates I would consider the following before NP Biopellets were utilized: examine flow within the tank and examine protein skimmer. I would recommend NP Biopellets but would also warn that patience is a virtue.

AMAZING Product Review by CHRISTINA FINTONIS (Posted on 8/3/10)

Comments: I have a 35gal. Red Sea Max running for 7 months heavily stocked. My Nitate has always been around 20-30 (like I said heavily stocked )and Phosphate 5.The store I use started using this stuff 8 months ago when it came out in there home Reef tanks. The results were amazing, so 2 days ago I tried it.Today Phosphate 0.000 ,Nitate 5 and dropping. I used 150 ml per 35gals (store told me you don't need much )to much can drop p.h. & it also over time kill cyno. I have researched this product for 8 months and talked to so many peaple who been. Using it since it came out.I haven't heard 1 bad thing other than the other 2 reviews here. Completely Reef &Fish safe.

NP Bio pellets Product Review by KEVIN DRINKALL (Posted on 12/29/11)

Comments: Product works great! Brings out the best in my skimmer.

IT WORKS!!! Product Review by DANNY MONTALVO (Posted on 5/1/10)

Comments: I always have had a problem with high nitrates. I tried many different solutions from water changes, new skimmer, GFO's. I also lowered the amount of feeding. Nothing worked. I've been using this product for about 3 months now and my nitrates and phosphates are now undetectable on my Salifert and Red Sea kits. I would have rated this product 5 stars but have noticed that I am starting to get some cyano growth also with some algae but nothing crazy. Not sure what is causing this growth.

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