01-04-2008, 06:03 PM
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re: Will it work for other things
I would suggest you familiarize yourself with the nitrogen cycle. Typically a tank is high in ammonia (as organic matter and urea is converted to ammonia) for the first 2-5 weeks then the bacteria that convert the ammonia to nitrites build up and then the tank is high in nitrites for another 2-5 weeks but ammonia begins to drop. Finally the bacteria that convert nitrites to nitrates build up and nitrites and ammonia drop. These bacteria especially like large surface areas with good water flow which is why undergravel filters/ bioballs/ and biowheels are very common. Without these a tank will normally adapt but there might be a spike in ammonia and nitrites if a lot of fish are suddenly added or several fish die and are not removed. It is not normal for a cycled tank to have high ammonia or nitrites though.
The Aquaripure is a comprehensive biological filter and can replace other biological filters. All that is really needed in addition to the Aquaripure is physical filtration with a filter pad or a sponge filter and adequate water flow. Some other biological filtration or a skimmer is usually ok though as long as it is limited.
The Aquaripure contains at least dozens if not hundreds of different species of both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria and will completely break down all organic matter (including ammonia and nitrite) that passes through it into gasses in a properly set up system. This process is even used to remove toxic chemicals from wastewater in industry. By contrast, sulfur denitrators really only have one specific bacteria in them and all they do is remove nitrates. They will not be effective at breaking down the organic matter in an aquarium. Protein skimmers act to remove organic matter from the water. The problem is even the very best skimmers do not remove all of the organic matter and do not remove nitrates at all and nitrates will still increase.
In a brand new aquarium the Aquaripure will not eliminate the cycling process but it will shorten the process significantly.