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Why people use bio balls


There’s a lot to sift through when it comes to choosing the best filtration media for your fish tank and lots of way to skin the proverbial cat. However, bio balls have become an extremely popular with tank owners as a way to maintain a healthy aquarium.

The reasons for this are pretty straight forward: there’s nothing complicated about them, they’re affordable and they’re easy to maintain. Today – we’re going to talk about the biggest benefits of using bio balls as your preferred form of filtration media and how they can benefit your tank. Let’s jump right in!

Easy to clean

The thing about bio balls is they never go bad. You don’t have to throw them away, you can reuse them and cleaning them is a breeze. A simple rinse and your media will be good to go again. NOW – there’s a caveat – we don’t want them to ever be TOO CLEAN – many of the bacteria they generate is a net positive for your tank. But you won’t have to worry about racing through packages of filters, changing them out and the like heading forward.

They’re workhorses

Regardless of what kind of tank you have or how big it is – you’re going to generate some bacteria. Some of it is bad for your tank and you’ll need to make sure it’s cleaned. There are other kinds of bacteria that are GOOD for your tank. Bio Balls allows for the growth of a lot of positive kinds of bacteria and their open-ended design actually ends up resulting in a much larger surface area for said bacteria to inhabit. That means a filter that takes up less space, but provides more of it while simultaneously helping you to maintain a healthy environment for your fish.

Ease of use

This one’s going to be short. You can either toss bio balls right into your tank if you’d like. Or – if you’re extremely daring or have an appetite for the exceedingly complex – you can put them in a bag and THEN put them in the tank. That’s literally all you’ve gotta do. That simple.

Is there a downside?

Honestly – if there is one – it’s not very significant. And that usually has to do more with people confusing what their actual purpose is. They’re there for biological filtration only. They provide a home for bacteria. They’re NOT there to remove waste from the water. Bio balls maintain chemical balance – but they’re not there to do absolutely everything. No filtration media does.

But when used effectively – bio balls are a great tool that provide an outstanding benefit to your fish tank. If you’re interested in learning more, feel free to give us a call today and we can walk you through it. Until then -good luck!




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