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Old 01-09-2004, 01:06 PM   #11
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DSBs do promote anerobic bacteria. BUT, that is the whole point of a DSB. this bacteria is what performs the last stage of the denitrification process (removing the nitrates from the water). The gasses created are no different from the rest of the biproducts of the denitrfication process and only becomes bad, IMO, if it collects in large quantities, which is unlikely with given the typical amount of water movement in any SW tank.

The general consesus these days is that a DSB with plenty of LR makes SW life MUCH easier on the hobbiest.
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Old 01-09-2004, 06:50 PM   #12
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The gasses created are no different from the rest of the biproducts of the denitrfication process.
Actually that is not correct. Only strict anaerobes emit toxins as a result of nitrification. Anoxic forms of bacteria do not consume honorary oxygens and therefore do not emit hydrogen sulphide or methane as a bi-product of the nitrogen cycle. They instead product nitrogen and CO2.

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