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Old 01-28-2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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Question Nitrate removal filter vs. protein skimmer

I am about to start a 125 gallon tank and am wondering if you can use a nitrate removal filter instead of a protein skimmer. I plan to have a mixed reef tank with a sump 35 gal. Also what size return pump will i need.???http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...s/confused.gif
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What do you mean by a nitrate removal filter? They have recently come out with bio-pellets that do this but i want to make sure i know what your talking about.
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i think thats what hes talking about, i bought some of the nitrate/nitrite media to put in my HOB's media catrage.

nitrite and ammonia are keep extremely close to 0 and nitrate is at around 5ppm atleast they were the last time i tested them
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I am wondering about the Aquaripure systems that are advertised on this site.
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Use the forum's search function, and you'll find several discussions here about those filters.

Protein skimmers remove stuff before they have a chance to break down in to nitrates. Nitrate removers/filters can only work after the nitrates are in the water. Personally, I'd much rather keep nitrates OUT of my system from the beginning (by using a skimmer, not overfeeding, not overstocking, etc), versus playing catch-up with them after they're there.
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it never hurts the have extra filtering, just incase your skimmer doesn't catch it all you still have the extra filtering to clean out the nitrates and nitrites from the water before they can harm or kill your fish
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Have you tried less feeding and PWC`s with RO/DI water.
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