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Old 07-13-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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best natural way to keep nitrates down.

What is the best natural way to keep nitrates down?
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:02 PM   #2
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Besides water changes or a protein skimmer ( not sure how natural those are), an Algae Turf Scrubber. It is a place set-up to grow algae, usually hanging above a sump. A few members here run them, and have had good results.
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:57 PM   #3
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Agree with flreefer. I use an algae scrubber and it's the best thing I have done for my tank . That at regular pwc have my nitrates at 3 ppm.
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Chaeto is the way to go but must keep light on it constantly. Does an amazing job at eating phos and nitrate down to reef levels
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Chaeto is the way to go but must keep light on it constantly. Does an amazing job at eating phos and nitrate down to reef levels
If you don't want to build a scrubber yes cheato is good. Still a scrubber will out perform cheato in a big way.
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If you don't want to build a scrubber yes cheato is good. Still a scrubber will out perform cheato in a big way.
You do have a point but I like the chaeto personally. There's a scrubber that works too well and that's the waterfall one I believe? Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Yep the waterfall is the old tried and true scrubber method. Now there are upstream scrubbers but I chose to stick with the waterfall. With my porcupine trust me it is major that my nitrates are at 3 ppm . They have even stopped rising between water changes . Cheato has never come close to doing anything like that for me. I LOVE MY SCRUBBER lol.
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I heard of the upstream but I heard they don't work as well as the waterfall but I guess between scrubbers and algae it depends on the bioload.
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Can I build my own scrubber.
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Can I build my own scrubber.
Sure you can . It's not too hard. Read the algae scrubber basics thread in the DIY section . That will get you started.
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