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Old 04-17-2005, 03:22 PM   #21
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I am not saying that water changes haven't been successful in removing nitrates, but never worked for me.

I wouldn't use chemicals unless I was going to loose some corals or something, but a chemical called Nitrex is really good and Kent produces something called Nitrate sponge that I haven't used myself, but hear it is very good too.
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Old 04-17-2005, 03:34 PM   #22
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I thought carbon does not remove nitrates, are you saying different?
Which is the main reason for buying live rock and a protein skimmer.
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Old 04-17-2005, 03:49 PM   #23
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I personally would not use chemical to remove nitrate. Is just that I have not heard of anyone using chemical and was curious. I have tried Kent's nitrate sponge with little success. But I didn't think carbon could remove nitrate though.
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My Dad use to use a product called denitrate and I see they still sell it. He would put it in his HOB filter. I can't tell you what sucess he had with it, because he never bought a nitrate tester. But i can tell you he had a deep sand bed with no live rock and he kept a slew of invertebrates and fish.
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on the carbon thing, I have never known carbon to remove nitrates. some carbon might have deep enough poores to keep the bacteria level up to eat the nitrates, but unlikely.
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Sorry, I should have been more clear.

Carbon will help keep your water clean and prevent nitrates, but it doesn't accually remove the nitrates.
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