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    Up Close With ATB HQ BioPellets

    ATB has joined the BioPellet party with their ATB HQ BioPellets. ATB’s solid biodegradable media is neither PHA or PCL, but offers many of the same bacterial cultivating characteristics. ATB recommends 500ml of BioPellets per 100 gallons of total system water volume. This amount will set you back $39.99 with 1000ml of ATB Biopellets coming […]

    atb hq biopellets

    ATB has joined the BioPellet party with their ATB HQ BioPellets. ATB’s solid biodegradable media is neither PHA or PCL, but offers many of the same bacterial cultivating characteristics.

    ATB recommends 500ml of BioPellets per 100 gallons of total system water volume. This amount will set you back $39.99 with 1000ml of ATB Biopellets coming in at $59.99. We have yet to try the pellets on an established aquarium, but have gotten the chance to experiment with them on temporary quarantine tanks.

    So far they have proven easy to fluidize in the paired ATB media reactor. [Note the reactor does not have any sponges–this makes the reactor easy to clean, and with a quick turn of a ball valve the reactor can be flushed of any biofilms that may be restricting water flow.]

    atb biopellets

    ATB Biopellets are very close in size to popular PHA formulas on the market such as Vertex and BRS. In comparison to NP Biopellets, they are roughly 1/3rd the size and seem to be harder to the touch. ATB’s formula is also much more irregular in shape.

    More information from ATB:

    The ATB’s Bio Pellets are composed of biologically degradable polymers that are best to use with a media reactor. The pellets will allow aerobic growth of bacteria which consequently will consume nitrate and phosphate simultaneously. After about 2-4 weeks, nitrate and phosphate levels should start decreasing.

    For larger or heavy feeding aquarium, higher dosages are appropriate. Bio Pellets are consumed by bacteria, therefore additional new pellets are needed to be added every 3-6 months to compensate for digested pellets.

    Disclosure: ATB is a GBD sponsor and provided these products for trial and review.

    2 Comments

    1. Crab Rangoon
      November 10, 2010 at 10:47 PM | Permalink

      So when is this coming to market in NA? I would love to get my hands on that reactor, and switch my pellets into that.

    2. November 11, 2010 at 12:46 AM | Permalink

      @ Crab, The reactor is currently available from ATB USA. I would suggest contacting them direct: http://www.atbskimmers.com/contact.php

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