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Old 11-02-2004, 08:40 PM   #11
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What are your parameters? (Nitrite, Nitrate, ammonia)
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Old 11-02-2004, 09:34 PM   #12
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Nitrites at 0, Ammonia at 0, and Nitrates I can't get below 20ppm. So I'm guessing the reason I can't get my Nitrates below 20ppm is because I'm using a dual bio-wheel, lol. Man...This whole time I was using a dual bio-wheel thinking it was a good idea and I now find that I should not even have one
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I feel you man. I had one on my tank for about a month before I found out they were probably adding to the 40ppm nitrate I had at the time
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Old 11-02-2004, 11:05 PM   #14
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My first reef tank was a 40 gal. I used teh Emperor 400 on mine and left the biowheels on. I had no problems with water parameters. Nitrates were always great. If you have plenty of LR, a DSB and run a good skimmer I see no reason to ditch the biowheels.
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My first reef tank was a 40 gal. I used teh Emperor 400 on mine and left the biowheels on. I had no problems with water parameters. Nitrates were always great. If you have plenty of LR, a DSB and run a good skimmer I see no reason to ditch the biowheels.
I have all of the above and my water parameters are always fine. If I decide to remove the biowheel, do i just pull it right out? Will that not signifcantly reduce the amount of benificial bacteria in my tank? Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-04-2004, 09:50 AM   #16
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Bio-wheels create a wet and "airy" enviornment for aerobic bacteria to grow. This type of bacteria doa good job at removing nitrite, but are not so good at removing nitrate. In a FO, FOWLR or FW tank this is not a big deal. For a reef tank it can be. This is why the proper enviornment for anaerobic bacteria must be provided (i.e. LR and a DSB). If you have plenty of LR and a DSB, removing the biowheels should not greatly decrease the amount of benificial bacteria.
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Bio-wheels create a wet and "airy" enviornment for aerobic bacteria to grow. This type of bacteria doa good job at removing nitrite, but are not so good at removing nitrate. In a FO, FOWLR or FW tank this is not a big deal. For a reef tank it can be. This is why the proper enviornment for anaerobic bacteria must be provided (i.e. LR and a DSB). If you have plenty of LR and a DSB, removing the biowheels should not greatly decrease the amount of benificial bacteria.
Allright. Thanks a lot. I will pull them out then.
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