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Old 08-14-2014, 12:00 PM   #11
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Need a very porous media in a dark spot in the tank that has little to no current in the water. Which if your filtration is set right should not happen you use PVC pipe capped with one end removable to add your media. There should be a couple small holes drilled (very small) to allow water to hit the bacteria. Pretty sure that a filter designed for this would be much more effective though.


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Need a very porous media in a dark spot in the tank that has little to no current in the water. Which if your filtration is set right should not happen you use PVC pipe capped with one end removable to add your media. There should be a couple small holes drilled (very small) to allow water to hit the bacteria. Pretty sure that a filter designed for this would be much more effective though.


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But with you limiting flow like that you will never see a noticeable reduction in nitrates. The only reason it works well in salt water is because the flow in those tanks hits up to 40x the tank volume per hour and there's an obscenely large amount of rock that supports the anaerobic bacteria.
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But with you limiting flow like that you will never see a noticeable reduction in nitrates. The only reason it works well in salt water is because the flow in those tanks hits up to 40x the tank volume per hour and there's an obscenely large amount of rock that supports the anaerobic bacteria.

Precisely that is why I said that a filter for it would be more effective. The problem is the anaerobic bacteria doesn't want that much oxygen (if I remember 8th grade science) so to much flow rate will not build a colony. Could use the PVC trick to build the colonies so when you have the money for the filter you already have the bacteria built up. I am no expert on the subject just have done research on the nitrogen cycle and read tips on how to help your aquarium maintain 0 levels. Most of which require way to much for it to be considered a hobby. But if you like hydroponics gardens that's another way you could do it too.


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