02-22-2012, 11:20 AM
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As I add to my rambling on here, I'll point out that my objective is dramatically reduced nitrates. In addition to this DIY filter, I'll have floating plants, monitor feeding closely to prevent over feeding and will maintain a high level of tank, filter, substrate cleaning to minimize nitrate creation. I've also been using external water sourdes for water changes to get the nitrate lower.
It would be nice to have a nitrate filter so efficient that no matter how much nitrate there is in the system, it's just converted to N2 in a flash. That's a long way off and perhaps just a dream.
Also, it may take some time for this new filter to cycle and stablize. It will have the advantage of the existing Matrix that's been in the AC70 filter for months AND I will be further seeding the system with Seachem Stability to 'kick it up a notch'... but time and test results will determine effectiveness.
Finally, it's my understanding that the anaerobic bacteria processes the nitrate to obtain the O2 it needs, but this is not food. The Aquaripure system adds alcohol or sugar water to feed the bacteria. Not sure how I 'feed' new friends in this filter???