What Are Bio Pearls?
A relatively recent innovation in the world of aquarium keeping, bio pearls are specifically engineered filter media designed to reduce the nitrate and phosphate levels in your fish tank. An excess of nitrates in your aquarium can quickly lead to a number of problems, including fungal infections, algae growth and even white spot. Bio pearls work by facilitating the growth of bacteria that actively works to lower the levels of nitrates and phosphates throughout your aquarium; this bacteria is then easily removed from the system via a standard skimming process.
How Can They Help Your Tank?
Though they’re constantly the source of heated debate amongst amateur and professional aquarium enthusiasts, bio pearls have a number of proven advantages in a variety of domestic applications, namely the quick and effective removal of nitrates from your ecosystem. Though excessively high nitrate readings can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor maintenance, over-feeding and high concentrations in tap water, experts all agree that wherever possible they should be kept as low as possible, ideally below 20ppm.The cumulative consequences of over-nitration can be equally disastrous for both your wallet and your tank, so investing in bio pearls now can save a lot of money in the future.
Bio pearls are one of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce high concentrations of nitrates in your aquarium, before they can do any long-lasting damage to the livestock and plant life you’ve spent time and money creating. They also actively work to simultaneously reduce phosphate levels in the aquarium, which if left unchecked can lead to increased algae growth, and further complications for your ecosystem.
They also require much less time and effort than a variety of ‘home-made’ fixes, such as vodka dosing, employed by a lot of amateur reefers today. Given that they have been specifically engineered by industry specialists, they also pose a much smaller risk to your aquarium, especially if you’re new to amateur fish keeping. The majority of bio pellets are also made up of biodegradable materials, further decreasing the time required for tank maintenance.
Here at iQuatics, we consider ourselves both industry-leading developers and friendly aquarium keepers, so if you need any impartial advice on which components are best for your tank, we’re always happy to help. Please see our blog for more information, or, alternatively, get in touch with one of our team today.
What Are Bio Pearls?