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Old 03-10-2014, 07:58 PM   #1
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Magic NitrAte Remover ???

Other than water changes is there a safe, fish friendly way??
Does nitrAte removing filter media work?
Assuming price or space not to be an issue, how could you make something that would?
I am experiment with house plant and herbs to see if they might feed on nitrAtes.

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Old 03-10-2014, 09:28 PM   #2
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Other than water changes is there a safe, fish friendly way??
Does nitrAte removing filter media work?
Assuming price or space not to be an issue, how could you make something that would?
I am experiment with house plant and herbs to see if they might feed on nitrAtes.

Thoughts? ideas? Suggestions??

Thanks
Obviously the best way to remove Nitrates is water changes but if you are heavily stocked or have high Nitrates in your tap water, you could look at a product called Seachem DeNitrate. It needs to be in a filter with a flow of less than 50gph. I did a bit of research on this myself and if you get an Aquaclear 20 filter and set it up the usual way, media wise, just replace the regular bio-media with DeNitrate. You need to set the flow to minimum on the aquaclear and this will give you a flowrate of 33gph. Just put as much DeNitrate in the mesh bag as possible/needed.....
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How long would that last in a 180 gallon?
Would it get me close to 10 ppm??
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How long would that last in a 180 gallon?
Would it get me close to 10 ppm??
It is a bio-media(like small porous stone), so should/will last for years. What is the Nitrate ppm at the moment??
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30-40ppm
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30-40ppm
30-40ppm is not too bad. The denitrate should reduce it down to 10-20ppm easily. Just remember to use a filter with a flow of less than 50gph. A Marina Hang On Breeder Box or Aquaclear 20(reduced flow) should do it....

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"For best results, de*nitrate™ should be placed to assure the flow of water through it, such as in a canister filter, chemical filtration module, or box filter. Flow rate should not exceed 200 L (50 gallons*) per hour. If higher flow rates are unavoidable, use Matrix™ or Pond Matrix™. It is best to rinse off dust before use. Once de*nitrate™ has been in use for several days, nitrate concentrations should start to fall and level off gradually at a concentration of about 4–5 mg/L as nitrate. As long as nitrate concentrations remain under control, the product is not exhausted. Each 500 mL of de*nitrate™ treats about 100–200 L (25–50 gallons*), depending on initial nitrate concentration and the current biological load. Enough should be used to remove nitrate at a rate at least as fast as the rate of formation. If very high nitrates are initially present, they should be brought down to less than 20 mg/L with water changes"
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Is the nitrate in your tap or just accumulating over time? Are you on municipal water?
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Assumably accumulating.
A touch in tap.
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FYI tank is 180 gallons
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How many fish in your aquarium? Sand or gravel substrate? Feeding pattern?
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