Reef Octopus, purveyor of low cost aquarium goods and equipment has released their Bio-Sphere product. Bio Spheres are a pure solid carbon source to help reduce nitrates and phosphates in a marine aquarium much how you have seen other products that offer similar results. Interestingly, you might want to look at the Reef Octopus BioPellet Reactor if you want a solution to storing all those pellets and routing them into your system. Retailers have these new Bio-Sphere products in stock and retail pricing is hitting the interwebs at $49.99 for a 500ml size bag and $79.99 for a 1000ml bag. We have official Reef Octopus Bio sphere blurb below the break if you care to indulge yourself.
Bio-Spheres are a specifically designed pure solid carbon source created to help reduce nitrates and phosphates within a marine environment. By encouraging the growth of beneficial bacteria and enzymes on the media’s surface, this pure self regulating media continuously provides a food source required for beneficial bacteria to reproduce and metabolize nitrates and phosphates.
Directions for use:
Use 100 – 150ml of Bio-Spheres per 100 gallons of system volume. Rinse the Bio-Spheres with purified fresh water and place in a properly sized fluidized media reactor with sufficient flow to keep them gently simmering. If they start to clump or slime up, they will be less effective and may turn anaerobic causing the production of hydrogen sulfide. The Reef Octopus BioPellet Reactor is most effective with this product. Direct the output of the reactor into the same area as the protein skimmer intake. Within 3-4 weeks the Bio-Spheres will be sufficiently colonized with bacteria and will begin to reduce organic compounds. Aquariums with high bio-loads may experience a short period of temporary water cloudiness.
Bio-Spheres will remain effective until they disappear, which normally take approximately 8 months to a year. We recommend that you top off with fresh Bio-Spheres every 3 months to maintain maximum effectiveness.