05-07-2008, 12:43 PM
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While I can't comment or dispute comments made by a head lab tech since my degree has nothing to do with science, I can speak from experience that whatever Algone does, it does well. I don't use it on constant basis and my tank has never gone awry by stopping it. It works; If I have a breakout of algae or bacterial bloom the water clears up and my water parameters are stable. I will always have some on hand, I will always recommend it, and doubt I'll ever stop using it when it's needed.
The easiest way to tell, and this is just my opinion, if Algone (or any other remedy for that matter) is working on nitrates would just be to get some, add it, and test your parameters while keeping a close eye on how the water looks. I am a bit obsessive when it comes to testing. As soon as I see something I don't like I test, try to fix the problem, give it a few hours and test again, and problems seem to be solved quickly that way. I've never used chemicals other than tap water conditioner and the phosphate lowering floss . At least that's what works for me.