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Old 07-23-2014, 04:36 PM   #1
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D.i.y nitrate reactor. Ideas. (Without being too technical)

I have a nitrate problem in my tank. Its always 50ppm or above. All other parimetres are fine. I have 4 plants in my 110litre tank and it hasnt done much.
My nitrate is 40ppm straight out my tap. So by the end of the week it obviously goes up. I do water changes every sunday and deep clean every 2nd sunday. I take out 50%some weeks and 35% others. I just cant get it down. Ive also tried tetras minus nitrates.
Ive been looking at nitrate reactors for awhile. They seem pretty expenive. I ve seen people have made them for alot cheaper.
My question is. Are they worth the effort?

Also if anyonr can assist me in my design for it if they are good, that would be a great help. Ie.
What size cannister and pump i would need for my 110litre tank.

Also if people have pictures of theres that would be a great help also.

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Personally I would go with a DIY alge scrubber rather than an expensive reactor. You can find examples on youtube and the can be made for less than $10.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:56 AM   #3
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Personally I would go with a DIY alge scrubber rather than an expensive reactor. You can find examples on youtube and the can be made for less than $10.
Will this sort my nitrate battle?

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Do you mean them magnetic algae scrubbers? If so i already have one of them.

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just google "algae scrubber"
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:32 AM   #6
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Algae Scrubber Example

You can do it better ways but this is a simple one and you can take inspiration on this. (like maybe pairing it with a sump..?)

Algae absolutely kills nitrates. Another thing you could do is you could precondition water (like in a 32 gallon trash can) and let it run through an algae scrubber or a large amount of plants for a week before the water change and you could keep a heater in there with some agitation and you should be good.
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:56 PM   #7
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Algae Scrubber Example

You can do it better ways but this is a simple one and you can take inspiration on this. (like maybe pairing it with a sump..?)

Algae absolutely kills nitrates. Another thing you could do is you could precondition water (like in a 32 gallon trash can) and let it run through an algae scrubber or a large amount of plants for a week before the water change and you could keep a heater in there with some agitation and you should be good.
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Personally I would go with a DIY alge scrubber rather than an expensive reactor. You can find examples on youtube and the can be made for less than $10.
Ive had a thought. I dont really want one inside my tank if my idea works.

Do you guys think i could put a water pump in my tank, pump water into a container outside my tank. Divide the container in 2 with a roughed up piece of sewing mesh. Put another pump inside the container on the opposite side of the sewing mesh of where the tank water is flowing in to, and put the outlet pipe back into the tank? On the side of the sewing mesh where the tank water is first entering i will have lighting so that algae grows.

What do you think? Are standard cheap water pumps powerful enough for this?

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This could definitely work and any small pump should work. You could also do it as an overhead sump setup. Check out "overhead sump" on youtube for a video. It could easily be turned into an alge scrubber housing.
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Have you considered getting a ro/di unit?
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