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Old 07-13-2020, 04:54 PM   #1
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Nitrate Removal Media (high nitrates in tap)

Hey everyone! Itís been a LONG time since I posted. Not sure if any of my old friends are still around

I recently set up a 20 long housing 10 Harlequin Rasboras and a snail. The problem is the nitrAtes from my tap are 30-40ppm... so PWCs donít remove as much as Iíd like. Iím looking to add a small school of Panda Corys which I understand are extremely sensitive to nitrAte.

Iíd like to keep it as simple as possible so donít want to go with a heavily planted tank, and am curious if anyone has used products like De*nitrate from Seachem or API Nitra-zorb. Iím currently running an AQ 50.

As a side-note, my tap water is also crazy high in ammonia and nitrIte, but luckily my bio filter handles this with no problem... but that also leads to increased NO3. I definitely donít want to use RO water.

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I have tried API Nitra zorb and had success. De-nitrate does nothing as proven on the web.
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I have tried API Nitra zorb and had success. De-nitrate does nothing as proven on the web.


Thanks for the input. Im only seeing it in fairly large cartridges so may need to cut it down into a media pouch to fit as much as possible in the AquaClear. Will give it a try. Much appreciated.
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Iíve used api as well and all fine.

De-nitrate systems have been set up in a few threads here. A search might find them. Iíve never done. Itís seems possible but tinkering involved.

From memory people have also used hanging plant baskets(?) above tanks and plants have roots in water. These look pretty simple once set up and chew through nitrates reportedly however Iíve also never done.

Else Iíd still be tempted in trying low light plants or val or maybe floating duckweed.

These days for CO2 injection I run a ph probe and simply dry-dose all ferts into water column. Only extra is bit of glut and Seachem flourish advance which has made a difference on plant growth / new plants (but Iíve found can trigger algae as well). So also simple once setup.

A few options.
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Would this work in Fluval C4?

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On Chewy.com it says this is for canister filters. Any reason this would not work in a Fluval C4 Chemical Media Holder that they say to use charcoal in ... (Currently I run Purigen in there)? Thanks
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On Chewy.com it says this is for canister filters. Any reason this would not work in a Fluval C4 Chemical Media Holder that they say to use charcoal in ... (Currently I run Purigen in there)? Thanks
You can just cut in open and put it in another FINE mesh bag just fine. Just make sure it does not come out of the bag. Follow the instructions on recharge. Works great.
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You can just cut in open and put in in another FINE mesh bag just fine. Just make sure it does not come out of the bag. Follow the instructions on recharge. Works great.
thanks for the great advice
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thanks for the great advice
Hint, get two fine mesh bags and just swap them around while one recharges...
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