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post #11 of 12 Old 12-29-2006, 12:20 AM
I was curious about excess nitrates. I know many people do not use the bioballs from the wet/dry filters with sumps, becuase they create excess nitrates. I'm assuming the same thing would occur if you used regular biological media in a SW tank.
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post #12 of 12 Old 12-29-2006, 05:29 AM
Such as canister filters and the like or do you have another "biological" mdeia. In essence anything left in a filter is "biological" media. bioballs have fallen out of favor in reef tanks because they were never cleaned. They clog with detritus which just breaks down and pollutes the water. It's not going to effect the average tank but with reefs you tend to want to remove them down to about 10ppm. When left unattended bioballs can contribute to a very high, over 50ppm danger zone, nitrate count. Same goes for filters on a reef tank. If not kept clean on a very religous schedule a canister filter can quickly breakdown and pollute a tank with nitrates. This is also sped up to do to high PH, high alk and the numerous minerals found in a reef tank. All of these thigns together can add up to bad tests. So for a fish only tank bio media, as in wet/dry filters, canister filters, HOB is not a bad thing as fish can tolerate excess nitrates so long as they are from the breakdown of nitrites and ammonia.

It's not that they are a bad thing in reef tanks, instead think of the extra maintenanc of cleaning all your filters weekly. Since skimmers are so efficient, traditional filters have fallen to the side.
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