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MoneyMitch 04-06-2013 07:17 PM

Effects on a planted aquarium?
just curious how this would work for a planted tank, and how good is it at preventing algae blooms? does it prevent all algae blooms? are any macro or micro nutrients absorbed by this?

SeaHorse 04-08-2013 07:24 AM

Hmmmm.... I think you forgot to add one tiny detail!! What... is... "IT"? :lol:

MoneyMitch 04-08-2013 09:32 AM

There nitrate removing filter
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SeaHorse 04-08-2013 09:57 AM


Originally Posted by MoneyMitch (Post 1685929)
There nitrate removing filter
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Hey MM. Do you mean "Their" as in "the plant's or the tank's bacteria"??
Could you re-write your question for us so that it is complete. Thanks. I'm still not sure what you are asking.

MoneyMitch 04-08-2013 02:52 PM

ok the aquriapure nitrate removing filter is what i am asking about.

does this remove any micro or macro nutrients the plants use to grow?

is this product recommended for use with a planted tank?

mcompagno 04-13-2013 03:53 PM

a marineland bio wheel filter will do the same thing....remove nitrates with algae growing the wheel

MoneyMitch 04-13-2013 04:30 PM

so this unit is nothing more then a algae scrubber in theory?

scott1234 04-13-2013 04:50 PM

Hey there, MoneyMitch. I was online and the first post I noticed was yours, on the Aquaripure nitrate filter. Just so happens that I"ve been doin some research on this filter for the past week. While I dont have the answers to your question, I have some info that may point to one. Firstly, been out of the hobby about 12 years, until last December got my 55 Gal. and I gotta say this filter is the darndest thing i"ve heard about since. The company YouTube videos and all the reviews I read look promising(which are the only sources for the following) Aquaripure states their filter, which is a sealed system apparently, keeps nitrate levels near or at 0. Thereby eliminating the need for weekly PWC. That of course is ridiculous, since the need to replenish many elements by PWC"s is critical. They say only about 2 a year, or so. BUT everything I read and watched seemed only pointed to nitrates, with no other considerations. NOW, the only reason I am even considering this for my tapwater trate problem is all the reviews. so many videos of people doin trate tests, and getting near or at 0. Being a sealed system the company injects some sort of nitrifying bacteria just prior to shipping. You cycle it along with your system by, and this is what spanks my !@#$, by injecting VODKA directly into the canister through a special port built in on the top, twice weekly 4ml, then once a week after cycled(unit comes w/dosing syringe) Still not sure whats in it. But harbours anarobic bacteria(sealed canister, no oxygen) The water coming out is measured in drops per second, depending on size. Very slow flow. Those drops (the company says) must fall into an area with substantial surface agitation(existing filter or powerhead) since the water has no oxygen in it. THAT is what leads me to think maybe NO on heavily planted CO2 driven systems, because of heavy surface agitation. Theyre expensive as !@!@. the small for my 55 is $240.00 (the biggest around $800.00 I believe) But to eliminate nitrates (NOT PWC"s) for me might b worth it, my system is low tech planted, LOTS of agitation on top. Anywho, just realized how long this thread got, check out the videos and reviews, so much more I left out. BTW about a month ago your advice helped me through my cycling issues was having,Thanks again for that. All cycled now:-D

Byron 04-13-2013 07:16 PM

Scott, if your issue is nitrate in the tapwater, you should check into the threads on this issue, as AbbeysDad has this problem too and he has solved it. If you can't find the threads, PM him and he can track them down. Or simply start a new thread in the Freshwater Aquarium section on nitrates in the source water, I'm sure he spot it and post..


AbbeysDad 04-28-2013 04:21 PM

The Aquaripure denitrate filter is a canister filled with 4 different densities of sponge material from coarse to very fine. Water flows through the filter at a very slow rate. Initially aerobic bacteria/Archae process ammonia and nitrites. As water moves slowly through the filter, the oxygen is depleted and anaerobic bacteria oxidizes the nitrates releasing nitrogen gas, completing the N2 process.
The oxygen is depleted in the dripping return water, however a basic mechanical filter water movement will resolve this. I think there would be little detriment to plants I could imagine...except the absence of nitrates in the water. There would likely be a reduction in dissolved organic compounds and perhaps some trace elements...I'm just not sure.

But the above, although an important primary function, is only part of what this filter really does. To a degree, there is advanced bio-filtration going on here unlike what we see in conventional filters. I believe many harmful compounds/chemicals are broken down in such a process.
(note: research bio-sand filters used in the 3rd world where foul, polluted water is poured in and crystal clear drinking water comes out.)

The alcohol or a sugar solution like grenadine is used to feed the bacteria to promote a much larger colony than would otherwise be the case.

In a moderate to heavily planted tank you probably won't have a nitrate problem because the plants will process the ammonia preventing nitrites and nitrates.
This filter would be a huge advantage in many SW tanks for fish and corals with a low tolerance for any nitrates in the water (not to mention the cost savings of reduced water changes from marine salt and RO/DI water).

If the challenge is high nitrates in the source water, there are also other options.
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