03-05-2012, 01:54 PM
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Unfortunately I have no miracle to report. I did a partial water change of 20g on Friday with some city water. Sadly the city water was 10-20ppm so it had little, if any, nitrate reduction on my tank.
I just tested the effluent and it is a good 40ppm, so I guess the filter is going to need more time to mature and we need to be patient.
Really, my hope is that the filter can ultimately manage tank generated nitrates and this current high level from my well needs to be brought down. With this in mind, since several partial water changes with purchased and hauled water has done very little, I went ahead and ordered 2 of the Fluval Lab Series Nitrate Remover. I also bit the bullet and ordered the API Tap Water filter.
If I can manage low tank nitrates, I think I can cut back to say 10g WWC's or so and still have high quality water - however, I don't want to use my well water with such high nitrates - I'm thinking I'll use filtered water or a mix. IF my filter eats nitrates for breakfast, maybe I can use just my water, but I'm thinking that the modest use of filtered water probably makes more sense. In addition to removing nitrates, the tap water DI filter is also designed to remove other potential negatives (a somewhat long list), so it will be good on many levels.
My only concerns are reports of short filter cartridge life and the filtering process plus hauling 5g bottles of water.
Perhaps the next DIY project is to run a supply line and drain and use a trickle flow through the API filter to the tank - LOL
Last edited by AbbeysDad; 03-05-2012 at 02:01 PM..