phosphate & nitrate removal

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Ok so I need to get both down, is there something that will deal with both I can put in a reactor or do I need two reactors ? or is the red sea no3po4x any good ?

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Reply #1

RowaPhos is the best media for reducing phosphates.  Put it in a reactor for best results.  You can use all sorts of stuff to reduce nitrates, but essentially, you have 3 options:
  • Grow a larger bacteria population to denitrify the nitrates
  • Remove the nitrates
  • Use chemicals
1. You can do this by increasing your LR and/or sand to provide more surface area.  You can add reactors that knock about various media types that allow lots of surface area for bacteria to grow - although I'm not too sure how much denitifying bacteria will grow, as it needs to be in an envirnment which lacks oxygen (e.i. to mimic conditions deep in the rock or in a deep sand bed)

2. You can do water changes.  Or you use algae to suck it up, then remove the algae.

3. Not a fan of this, as there's normally some horror story about most of these chemicals.  Also, the other options are more natural and longer term solutions.
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Reply #2

i got some of the redsea no3po4 at lfs when I went to get water so going to use that and see how it goes, I am going to buy a cfl weed growing light and remove the dsb in my sump and replace with cheato.

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Reply #3

i got some of the redsea no3po4

Be careful, that is glorified carbon dosing, like vodka dosing.

Do not over-do the dosage as it can lead to catastrophic tank crashes - as, if overdosed, it can/will cause a bacterial bloom, which will consume all oxygen in the tank which kills everything pretty much instantly.

So stick to the letter of the instructions. Adding more certainly won't make it work any more or any faster...

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if followed though is it effective, after research may be returning this lol
Last Edit: Apr 29, 2015 4:18:36 pm by Jase

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Reply #5

is there a good dual fludised reactor that I can put rowaphos and a nitrate reducer in at the same time ?

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Reply #7

I've heard quite a few bad stories about Cleartides products......nothing stopping you from doing it with a different brand.

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I've heard quite a few bad stories about Cleartides products......nothing stopping you from doing it with a different brand.
Iused to have one of those, but had nothing to compare it to.
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Reply #9

I've heard quite a few bad stories about Cleartides products......nothing stopping you from doing it with a different brand.

just thought the full kit including maxjet pump was good for money will carry on looking :( what about the atomic sets ? may just get one bubble magus mini 70 for now and another at a later point for nitrates
Last Edit: Apr 29, 2015 5:48:32 pm by Jase

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