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Old 07-17-2011, 07:15 PM   #1
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Bio-wheel bad 4 SW?

So I hear the bio wheel can produce nitrate problems...is this true?
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na. you aren't going to have any nitrate build up from a bio wheel.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:08 AM   #3
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its just a rotating wheel not really a filter or a place for stuff to build up in
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yeah what exactly is the benefit of the bio-wheel??
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The bio wheel is in contact with water most of the time, for a second, it comes out into air, allowing. The bacteria that help your tank even better conditions as they need o2 also. I think its pretty nifty and its the best filter I've owned
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:49 PM   #6
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So I hear the bio wheel can produce nitrate problems...is this true?
I think this assertion comes from the fact that the bio-wheel creates a very aerobic (oxygen rich) area for bacteria to grow on. These bacteria are usually the one responsible for reducing ammonia to nitrite and nitrite to nitrate. The bacteria that convert nitrate to nitrogen are typically anaerobic, so that part of the nitrogen cycle doesn;t happen there. it doesn't mean it can't happen somewhere else it the tank nor does it mean you cannot manage nitrate via regular partial water changes IMO.

FWIW I have heard the same thing about bio balls in a wet dry filter. In the end, I figure the nitrate produced is primarily a function of the animals in the aquarium (vs the filter system) and there are just different methods of managing the nitrate load.
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:18 PM   #7
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Got my filter today and it says the bio wheel is good for creating bacteria(good)& that it eliminates toxic ammonia and nitrite...
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:02 PM   #8
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You're absolutely correct - the wheel will act like a wet/dry and convert it into nitrate, however here is the problem, unlike LR it contains no anaerobics which turn nitrate into gas that escapes the water, so therefore a build up of excess nitrates. JMHO.
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Got my filter today and it says the bio wheel is good for creating bacteria(good)& that it eliminates toxic ammonia and nitrite...
Bio wheels are fine.I ran my 46 gallon Reef with the Penguin HOB filter for 4 years with no problems.the bio balls are the nitrate factories in the other type filters.
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Never said to not use it (everyone has their own preferences). I would just keep monitoring nitrates and if no spike you're good to go. Also of course depends on how much LR you have and how much area that get's very minimum flow.
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