I forgot all about this thead or I would have responded sooner.
To date, with a wet/dry filter and bio-balls, LR
and a protein skimmer, my fish are well and my corals are showing steady growth. My nitrates are measuring between 0-5ppm between
water changes. I would hardly call that a "nitrate factory".
Just because an idea is discussed and methods are tried, does not mean we are taking a "step backwards" and just because there is a concensus about an idea in the hobby right now, does not make that idea correct or absolute. There have been several practices in this hobby that were dismissed, by in large, only to be proven as sound and put back in popular practice later.
And I think it is presumptious to say that lr
alone will filter his tank "great." LR
alone would not allow for much needed mechanical filtration and would not allow for ocassional chemical filtration.
I'm not proclaiming to have the answer here, but I don't think it's time to stop asking the question just yet. I've also been interested lately by the number of people using zeolitic materials as well as Purigen type products in their reef tanks with LR
, and refugiums. Appently removing the bio-balls didn't solve everyone's problems. That's just the quick fix solution everyone throws out to anyone using bio-balls because they hear everyone else saying the same thing.
, awillemd1 , what did you end up doing and how's your tank?