Ceramic beads for nano - cause high nitrates

reefguy24

New member
I have a jbj 24ga nano and it came stock with a bag of those ceramic beads.

In trying to help the tank cycle, I went to my local LFS and bought a bag from an already cycled tank.

The tank is now cycled and I'm trying to lower nitrates.

I have live rock, live sand and added bio spira 2x when cycling.


Can the ceramic beads cause higher nitrates? I was reading a few posts on this and another forum and am now confused.


thank you
 

Sugar Magnolia

Mother of Dachshunds
Staff member
RC Mod
Yes, the ceramic beads can cause nitrates to stay elevated. Remove them slowly over the course of a week or two.
 

reefguy24

New member
Yes, the ceramic beads can cause nitrates to stay elevated. Remove them slowly over the course of a week or two.

They're in a closed, netted bag.....are you suggesting I open it up and take out 1/4 this week, and a 1/4 next and so on and so forth?


And the ceramic beads have served their purpose.....to cycle the tank? So there's no real need for an aquarium to have them?


thanks
 

thegrun

Team RC
Yes, remove 1/4 to 1/3 at a time, they have served their purpose. At this point they are only a maintenance issue.
 

reefguy24

New member
Ah cool. I'm just starting out with a nano....will be moving to a bigger place in 6 months so if I like the hobby enough, might try to breed some fish and learn more about that. Moreso for fun than making money.
 
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