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Old 01-29-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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Reducing Nitrates

Back in my pond-keeping days, I had researched and set up a Nitrate filter by having the pump output into a reservoir that was filled with certain plants. Can something like this be done in an aquarium, say, in a sump filter (etc)?
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You can just have fast growing stem plants or floating plants in the tank and they will suck up excess nitrates. You can put them in a sump but you'd need to light the sump.

Adding plants is just a band aide solution if your nitrates are to high, best to attack the root cause.
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Back in my pond-keeping days, I had researched and set up a Nitrate filter by having the pump output into a reservoir that was filled with certain plants. Can something like this be done in an aquarium, say, in a sump filter (etc)?
Yes you can.

Here is one relevant thread.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...um-190647.html


And here is a pic of one set-up.
8g tank & 10g sump/fuge - 10g w/ 9g of water @36gph Marineland Penguin 660 170gph PH Drilled main tank (~8g) Info here Aquarium Advice Gallery
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Look up "algae turf scrubber" on google.
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