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Old 03-12-2012, 12:56 AM   #11
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Follow my trial. I have ~1000gph in 15g of water full of water and matrix.

Pond Matrix Trial in FW

I will get my matrix out of the trashcan very soon and get it inside a fish tank for better flow through all the matrix.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:31 AM   #12
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I will follow it and I will post my results. I like the idea of lowering nitrates because I am gone every other week. The week im home I change the water twice and vacum the gravel so my nitrates are never sky high but I like the idea of keeping them low. Even after a normal water change the nitrates are never as low as the time my FX5 clogged.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:33 PM   #13
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I got back from work yesterday, checked nitrates .20 so they came back up to normal since my FX5 was flowing normal. Today I swapped matrix in the FX5 with the rings in my XP4 and turned to flow way down , a little more than dripping out of the spraybar. After a 50 percent WC I retested the nitrates and they were .10 so that is my baseline. I will retest every 2 days and post results.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:36 PM   #14
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Im back at work today and I tested the water every day this week, nitrates only got up to .15 this week and 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite. Something must be working , I thought about skipping my waterchange for the week to see what happened to the nitrates but I got nervous and changed the water since I will be gone all week. I will retest the water when I get home next tuesday.
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