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Old 06-06-2013, 08:29 PM   #41
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I don't know about that. Your bacteria is going to be on/in your rock and sand....you don't need any media in a filter. You are going to want to wash out any mechanical filter regularly.
I would just have a filter pad in there i could easily rinse.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:31 PM   #42
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Ok so i just added 6.2 kg live rock and 5.0 kg base rock. I think ill need more live rock though. A big piece to make a cave for the Moray planning to get..
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:11 AM   #43
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I don't know about that. Your bacteria is going to be on/in your rock and sand....you don't need any media in a filter. You are going to want to wash out any mechanical filter regularly.
I would just have a filter pad in there i could easily rinse.
Can i use both LR and Matrix. LFS guy said Matrix doesnt affect Nitrates but is sais otherwise.
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:12 AM   #44
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Can i use both LR and Matrix. LFS guy said Matrix doesnt affect Nitrates but is sais otherwise.
This would allow me to use less LR maybe ???
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I don't even know what "matrix" is. I googled it and came up short. That said, it's just another type of surface area. Anaerobic bacteria is what converts nitrate to nitrogen gas. If this media doesn't have low oxygen zones like live rock does where this bacteria can reside, it's not going to positively effect nitrate.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:11 PM   #46
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I don't even know what "matrix" is. I googled it and came up short. That said, it's just another type of surface area. Anaerobic bacteria is what converts nitrate to nitrogen gas. If this media doesn't have low oxygen zones like live rock does where this bacteria can reside, it's not going to positively effect nitrate.
Got this of another forum.. It does say on the box it works for Nitrates. Its about $35 in Australia for a litre.
" Excellent Nitrate Media
I just want to recommend Seachem's Matrix biomedia for nitrate removal. For about 6 months, I have been using plastic bioballs in the back of my Aquapod. Even with weekly water changes, minimal feeding, and keeping a light bioload, I could never get my nitrates under 5ppm. At one time, I took a reading of 10ppm. I noticed that many people use Seachem's de-nitrate. I checked it out, and noticed that Seachem recommends a flow rate of no more then 50gph. Anything higher, and they recommend Matrix. So I bought 1 liter (enough for 100 gallons) to try on my 35 gallon system (sometimes more is better). I've been using it for 3 weeks, and now my nitrates are at undetectable levels. What sold me on this product is when Seachem stated that 1 liter (the amount I used) is equivalent to 10 gallons of plastic bioballs. This was music to my ears since I am always pinching for space in my nano reef. All in all, I am very happy with this product, and recommend it 100%. For more info check out Seachem Laboratories: Innovative Pet and Aquarium Products . This stuff is hard to find. I bought it from petmountain.com for about $11.00 I think.."
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:17 PM   #47
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Website sais;
Matrix™ is a high porosity biomedia that provides efficient biofiltration for the removal of nitrogenous waste. Matrix™ is a porous inorganic solid about 10 mm in diameter. Each liter of Matrix™ provides as much surface (>~700 m2) as 170 liters of plastic balls! Plastic bio-materials provide only external surface area, whereas Matrix™ provides both external and internal macroporous surface area. These macropores are ideally sized for the support of nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria. This allows Matrix™, unlike other forms of biomedia, to remove nitrate along with ammonia and nitrite, simultaneously and in the same filter. Matrix™ is completely inert and will not breakdown. It need not be replaced. Since the majority of the bacteria are internal, Matrix™ may be rinsed when needed without damaging the filter. Matrix™ is compatible with all types of wet or wet-dry filters.........
So every LFS in my area ( 4 ) all swear by it as the best thing since sliced bread. Ive been using it for 3 years in my African tank.
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Well then, it sounds as though this may do the same thing as live rock. If it's description is accurate.
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Any suggestions on lighting?
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Any suggestions on lighting?
I dont have a light for this tank just a fluero light on the roof above..
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