Im interested in the long term affects of No3
treatments. If you read most closely they claim to lower ammonia, nitrite and nitrates. The reason the nitrates go down is because it is binding the nh3
/nitrite molecules. This is turn leaves far less for your bacteria to break down and leads to an unnatural lowering of nitrate. My concern personally is what happens when you cease to use the product? I suspect that the levels return with potentially fatal side affects. Consider that if the beneficial bacterial recduce due to a chemically induced reduction in food then what will happen if the food suddenly increases..(Is it sane to answer my self?) I vote NH3
spike followed by a nifty nitrite spike and finally leading back to the original problem.
That said (Or theorized) I suspect as with any other chemical treatment as long as you are committed to its long term use (*If* this is all your going to do) things should be great. If you stop dosing/treatment and do not adjust your tank husbandry then I would expect it to be back with a vengance. Guess Im kinda old school on some things..Snake oil and all that ; )
I am interested in anyones experience with nitrate reducing chemicals and long term success. Please do post if you go this route so we can all learn something!
I am not sure of the validity of this, but read at your own risk. Do take note of the section regarding 'weaning' your system off the product. My interpretation is that they are basically saying you must change some aspects of your reef keeping. (Les feeding, water changes, etc). Anyawy, read for yourself. Enjoy.