05-08-2007, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by SKAustin
What I would like to add to the already included information is that much to the misconception of many marine aquarists, Protein Skimmers DO NOT remove nitrates from the water. They remove proteins, oils, and other dissolved organic compounds from the water that contribute to the build up of Nitrates.
There is however the option, commonly applied in the reefing community, of constructing a Sump with a Refugium chamber. Many marine aquarists grow various types of Macro Algaes in their refugium. These macro algaes do consume Nitrates from the water.
There is also the option of DSB (deep sand bed) in which anaerobic zones develop deep in the substrate where processing of Nitrates to nitrogen takes place.
Sadly, Water changes are still necessary for the purposes already stated.
Nice one because I have heard many new be's come to me and ask that are say someone has told them.