Colombo - Bacto balls

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Colombo have sent me a sample of Bacto Balls, and a dispenser to try/review.

Here's their video showing what the product is, and how to use it:


I'll give these a go and write a review here.

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Reply #1

Slap one under a microscope after a good soak in salt water be interesting to see what life if any is there

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Reply #2

I've tried these in my main tank and now in my quarantine tank (hoping to keep ammonia at bay), and in both cases, they reduced in size overnight to a tiny pellet.

@Colombo is this normal?


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Reply #3

Hi, Yes very normal for them to shrink. The salt level in your aquarium draws the fluid out from the balls as the salt level in the balls is lower than that of the aquarium water. They are doing exactly what they are meant to do and adding beneficial bacteria to your aquarium. Replace the balls weekly to maintain your aquarium.

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Reply #4

Great. Thanks.  I had expected them to shrink, but over days rather than hours.

So far, no traces of ammonia in my quarantine tank, which currently has 7 lyretail anthias in it.  Very happy with that.

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Reply #5

The salt level in your aquarium draws the fluid out from the balls as the salt level in the balls is lower than that of the aquarium water.

Osmosis!  :glad:
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Reply #6

Are the bacto balls a carbon source or a bacteria source ?

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Reply #7

Bacteria I believe.  They have another product called NitrateEx which I assume is carbon dosing of some sort.

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