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    NpX Bio Beads, Denitrification Pellets with an X ?

    NpX Bio Beads are a new name, but are apparently not a new product. Canada based Oceanic Corals is now sourcing these denitrification beads from a “trusted manufacturer”. They openly state, “NpX Bio-Beads are produced by the identical manufacturer as the “other” European brand”. It’s not a real secret what these beads are or that […]

    NpX Bio Beads

    NpX Bio Beads are a new name, but are apparently not a new product. Canada based Oceanic Corals is now sourcing these denitrification beads from a “trusted manufacturer”. They openly state, “NpX Bio-Beads are produced by the identical manufacturer as the “other” European brand”.

    It’s not a real secret what these beads are or that they can be purchased in bulk, however, we’ve been told many times that Reef Interests, manufacturer of NP Biopellets, has exclusivity on this aquarium product offering working with the patent owners [Note, Reef Interests has never put forth a patent number]. Building on that, Aquarium Specialty has exclusive North American distribution for NP Biopellets.

    Prices for the NPX-Bio Beads are $110 for 1100ml. NP BioPellets come in at $100 for 1000ml–point being both are priced the same at $0.10 per ml [Excluding sale /intro/pre-order pricing for both products]. With their current pricing and marketing NpX Bio Beads will be hard pressed to gain market share from the first-to-market NP Bio Pellets.

    See NPX Bio Beads full product description below.

    NpX BioBeads

    NpX-Bio Beads are a novel filter media that is used for the control of Nitrates and Phosphate in within the aquarium as well as providing a constant food source for filter feeders and micro fauna.

    NP X Bio beadsNpX-Bio Beads are best used within a fluidized reactor with enough flow to keep the top layer of Beads tumbling aggressively. Start with about ½ the total volume of Beads you want to run and work your way up to the full volume over a week or so. The average amount of Beads to aim at is about 550ml per 75 Gallons of water volume, more or less can be used depending on your unique bio load and inhabitants.

    The Bio Beads generally cannot be overdosed; however, if your system is very high in nutrients you may experience a bacterial bloom once the Beads have been added. The bloom should clear within a few days but it is essential to make sure your skimmer is functioning properly and that the discharge of the reactor is directed into the skimmer. If the aquarium is not sufficiently oxygenated during a clouding event the oxygen can drop to dangerous levels.

    NpX-Bio Beads should be topped up as the Beads dissolve, this usually takes anywhere from 7-12 months depending on your bio load.

    Thank you for purchasing the NpX-Bio Beads!

    Important:

    • Maintain sufficient water flow through the NpX-Bio Beads, to prevent production of hydrogen sulphide gas.
    • The use of ozone and UV will negatively affect bacterial recruitment of the NpX-Bio Beads and increase the maturation time of the filter. Adding bacterial cultures may alleviate this problem and shorten filter maturation time in general.
    • When nitrate and phosphate are already very low before applying NpX-Bio Beads, a decrease in these levels may not be detectable with standard aquarium test kits.


    [oceanic corals]

    [updated 4/27:  tongue in cheek pun subsequently removed.]

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