1077 - 50 lashes with a cold wet fish <hehe>
Okay, back to the fray....skeptic that is me, I took the Fluval Clearmax out of my tank filter and set up a test.
In my other AC70, I set it up in my 2 gallon bucket and let it run for hours. I tested the water when I set it up and as I knew it would be, there was 60+ppm nitrates. So I let it run from about 9am and I just took another sample at 1:30pm and there was no difference!!! This product does not really remove nitrates as indicated on the box - I suppose if it removes nitrites, one could say it eliminates nitrates....but not REMOVE.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
Now Beetle, back to you saying I hope it (nitrate filter) isn't too good - I'm not sure what you mean.
Fresh water in nature has little/no nitrates. Reading between the lines, I think you may have been referencing more conventional de-nitrator reactors. Reactors that have a trickle output to starve the canister chamber of oxygen...if/when there is an anaerobic die off, there can be some pretty foul odors.
In this prototype with the Matrix and De*Nitrate products the flow rate is maintained at 3.5gph. The system is dependent on the macro pores of the media to create the oxygen depleted areas for anaerobic bacteria.
I got some 'city' water today for my next water change. Looks like it has 10-20ppm nitrates. Maybe I should be looking for distilled or RO to get the tank level lower...or bite the bullet and get the tap water filter.
Seachem Tech support tells me I'll just need to be patient for the filter to (cycle) mature before it will begin to lower nitrates. (c'mon...fast food, fast cars, fast women...I gotta wait for a filter!?!? <hehe>
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