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fishkid 02-17-2009 04:14 PM

DIY Nitrate Filter Idea
On both my 46 and 15 gallon tanks, I have an HOB filter. Since I am experiencing problems with nitrate in the 46 gallon, I was thinking of putting bamboo in the HOB filter. What I wuld do is put the roots in the place with water and keep the leaves above the water. Would this be helpful in the removal of nitrate? I'm sure it would look cool.

Cody 02-17-2009 04:19 PM

I haven't ever heard of bamboo, nonetheless fake bamboo, reducing nitrates. You may want to try to eldodea/anacharis, or duckweed, as I have heard they consme 'trates. Just add a little wall of like eggcrate so it stays in the HOB.

fishkid 02-17-2009 04:23 PM

I remember someone briefly mentioned the idea on another forum.

Tyyrlym 02-18-2009 08:16 AM

At best they'll help a little. The downside to doing something like this is that to control nitrates naturally requires a tank over-run with plants and only a few fish. A few plants will consume some nitrates, but you're not going to control your nitrates with them.

kevinpn 02-18-2009 09:22 AM

what about a sump with a Refugium ? and heavly plant the refugium?

Tyyrlym 02-18-2009 09:24 AM

Like I said, tons of plants, few fish.

If you've got nitrate problems the best way to handle them is water changes.

aunt kymmie 02-18-2009 10:28 AM

I agree. I've got quite a few plants (tank is stocked to its limit fish-wise) and I'd have to miss 2 to 3 water changes before I'd ever get a large nitrate reading. My vote is always for LOTS of plants. :-D

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