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Old 01-18-2006, 12:44 PM   #11
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The main reason people say this is because they repeat the mantra on this site that they are Nitrate factories”. I’ve been using the Bio-Wheel for years and have never had a no3 problem. (I have the HOT & 350)

Most of these people that recommend taking them off have never used them personally and if they had they would realize that the main culprit of no3 is overstocking/overfeeding. Bio-Wheels don’t produce no3 out of thin air and as long as you don’t contribute excess nh3/no2 to your system you won’t see excess no3.

With all that said 1.5+ lr per gal is still be best thing to use for biological filtration. If you don’t have any lr than you have to have some kind of filtration so keep the wheels. If you do have enough lr then it’s up to you whether or not to keep them on.
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