Originally Posted by WJH1748
Would more freq cleaning help my high Nitrate reading? 8O Tx WJH
Anythings that collects/traps foods and detritus should be cleaned frequently. Depending on how quickly, it may be needed weekly, bi-monthly or monthly. You can usually tell by how much the flow through them is reduced. Never clean the bio-balls, they don't need it.
Contrary to popular belief, the items you've mentioned above do not create nitrates' you do
Nitrates are a by product. It starts with ammonia, then nitrites to nitrates. The only
way nitrates can be formed is with the over use of items that feed ammonia on a continual basis. This is primarily from overstocking, overfeeding or using foods that do not break down in the system very well. You reduce the addition or products/animals that add to the ammonia, you reduce the nitrate... period..
It's a simple biological process.