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Posted on Tuesday Mar 8, 2016 at 4:42 PM  
Have 180 happy shad in separate 110g tanks. Similar to what everyone else is running with gravity flow filter through bio balls, filter material and activated carbon. Running 500gph pond pumps 24/7, can I get away with those on a timer where they don't run constantly? It is working so I am not gonna change now, just curious how often I really need to be running pumps. Both tanks also have 4 air stones from commercial pumps going. 
Posted on Wednesday Mar 9, 2016 at 7:37 AM  
I'm no expert but I've always worried about the heat transfer that takes place by running the pumps full time.  Especially in the warmer weather.  A timer sounds like a good idea to help solve that problem. I'd worry about it not coming on and having your hard work floating on the top of the tank though.


Posted on Monday Mar 14, 2016 at 8:58 PM  
Better late than never! Small fan on the surface and that will overcome the heat from the pumps plus some. Bacteria growing on bio balls needs to be wet aLL of the time and have circulation preferably suspended in the air because bacteria Love's oxygen. Ammonia eating bacteria takes three to six weeks to build up so you do not want to let them dry out and die. Temperatures below 55 degrees will kill them too. They prefer 80 degrees. 
 I have 25 gallons of bio media over a 400-gallon system. When they do not have ammonia to consume because the bait is all pooped out or gone I feed them ammonia daily so that they will be populated and ready for the next load. They starve out easily. They do not carry a few weeks of reserves around like we do :-) I got tired of buying clear ammonia so I resorted to the easier method by peeing in it :-) Daily! And testing to make sure the level comes back to ZERO in a day.
After testing twenty or thirty times you will have a good idea of what to expect it and will not have to text anymore unless something happens like a power outage  
 This is the best way to oxygenate the water and keep it clean
 Google bio filter cycling
Posted on Monday Mar 14, 2016 at 10:24 PM  
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Posted on Tuesday Apr 5, 2016 at 8:55 PM  
On Monday Mar 14, 2016 at 8:58 PM StriperEd said ...
I have 25 gallons of bio media over a 400-gallon system. ...  the easier method by peeing in it
How many bio balls do you think are needed per 100 gal tank?

Ur "daily practice" reminded me of Anthony Hopkins in the movie "The World's Fastest Indian ".

The more you practice, the luckier you get.
Posted on Thursday Apr 7, 2016 at 4:43 PM  
It depends on how many shad you want to put in there  maybe about 5 gallons worth. Go to hardscapes in Bixby they have some block foam that cost less ask for some biofilter media and tell them what you want to do.  A few days ago I ordered some more bio balls 5 gallons worth from Big Al's online
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