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Old 03-30-2006, 10:56 PM   #1
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Nitrate sponge/remover?

Anyone ever use one of the products with success? If so, which one?

Recently used a PO4 remover with great success (almost non detectable from over 1 a week ago).

Nitrates still at 10 and have done pwc after pwc with no luck in reducing.

I set up a PO4 reactor (Merlin filter) to put the PO4 material in, if I do try a nitrate remover does anyone see an issue with mixing it with PO4 remover?

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Old 03-31-2006, 01:06 AM   #2
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I think you can use polyfilter and it will remove just about anything...or Prime?? Someone correct me if I am wrong. However prime will screw with the skimmer if you have one.
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Old 03-31-2006, 10:26 AM   #3
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I have used de-nitrate before. Now I just run a large HOB fuge and my nitrates are at 0.
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ive used the ployfilter and it takes everything out. works great.
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When you say "poly filter" do you mean "pura filter" I am running the pura filter pads in my sump. If you mean something else please post a link if possible.

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Here afilter. Here is the poly filter. http://www.poly-bio-marine.com/polyprod.htm I use them in QT. They will take everything out of the water including medicine. I have used the nitrate sponge when I first started my tank. I think that is the name of it. It looks like cat liter. I think it worked. I did not really monitor it that close.
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Thanks for the link. I did not see any pics though. Can I assume it is like a flat poly pad that you place in the water flow? The ordering info on this site was kind of confusing as well. Do you get it at LFS or is online the only source?

Here is what I am currently using for a filter pad (The pads are at the bottom):

http://www.magnavore.com/media.html

My LFS stocls them and recomended when I initially set up my sump for a traditional poly fiber floss pad. I just place these in the water flow along with a bag of carbon and now the phospahate remover which has worked great.

I realize 10 is acceptable for nitrates, but 1 or 0 would be ideal.
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I’m confused are you looking to remove po4 or no3 or both? I have used the poly-bio-marine pads that Brenden linked to and it does work very well for no3 and chemical removal. I once had a po4 reading of .2 and used PhosGuard which removed it within 3 days. Also made my water extremely clear I have read articles which warned about it lowering your ph but I never experienced it myself. Still I’d keep an eye on it when using and buffer as needed.

Sorry, I’ve never used the Pura pads so I can’t comment on the effectiveness of them.

Edit: Poly-Bio-Marine Poly Filter photo's and prices. I just place mine in the sump below the overflow output.
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Just looking for nitrate remover at this time. I have used/am using a PO4 remover now and it is working great. Went from over 1 to almost nondetectable in less than a week.

If I can find the poly pads locally I will give them a try.
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Of course reducing feedings and increasing pwc helps greatly as well Depending on the size of your tangs your stock looks right on target for a 90 gal. Do you feed a lot of flake versus frozen? Do you remove any nori the tangs don’t consume within 3 hours?

I take it the PhosLock is pretty good stuff then. Any issues with ph using it?
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