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vio

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After i grow Chaetto and Algae Scrubber more then 10 L.F.S. , i decide to go dif. way , i got 2 major reasons .

#1 Never got nice color in most H.E. SPS
# 2 According whit Triton test , i got decency of Sulfur .

Then i got rid of ALL Chaetto and Algae Scrubber, i use to have undetectable NO3 , i use to dose all kind of Nitrate , to see some, but color NOT there, Triton make try some dif.

I end up 35-to 50 ppm after i remove the Macro Algae, i am NOT 100% those M.A. remove ONLY NO3 and some PO4 , remove more then that , Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Potassium who knows , what more.

So i make 2 home made Sulfur Denitrification Filters.
I keep monitor the NO3, drop from 35-50 ppm to 2 ppm , today last test in 6 weeks, my effluent is undetectable.

I will like to mention , still under monitor, but i think i am in right direction , color show up on some frags i got for long time.
 

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What media is in there, and why?
www.petcha.com/sulfur-to-reduce-nitrate-in-fish-aquariums/

I NOT explain why , Sulfur media , i will never finish.

The short story is this :

There is one way to run this Reactor.

I try dif. pumps , but i realize make the water hot, then i decided to use MJ 1200 around 300 gal. just make the job.
Water have to go from top to bottom, Aqua lift pump provide water supply right ( from tank ) to MJ pump INTAKE , return is by , large Output nipple to avoid clog, dose bacteria , then ......just wait to colonize , some Calcium Reactor Media ( dead Corals ) was add for balance the Alk.
The dif. of this Reactor and dose Carbon ( Vinegar, Vodka, Sugar, Vitamin C, Bio-Pellets, etc.) most of Bacteria stay inside reactor , NOT all over display tank. I use 20 gal. tank as return to my display tank, first have to go over the refugium tank ( 90 Gal.)

I have few way to check the density of Bacteria.
 

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I use this in one 40 gal. experimental tank , if works just like Sulfur , can be easy put in sump , let wait few weeks, i seed bacteria almost every day, now i have to wait.
 
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I've used sulfur denitrators specifically Midwest Aquatic reactors for 10 years and eventually stopped and sold them off.
Excellent source to control N03 when maintained and used properly but does nothing for P04. I also found that sulfur builds up in the system after prolonged years of use which can affect macro algae growth.
Just my 2 cents and experience.
 

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Any update on this vio?
I got around 20 fishes , some large (Hipo 8" up) some Tangs 5-6" i feed a lot , i have Nitrate less then 3 ppm, today i just order more Sulfur Media ,pumps , i will make one more, i will try to keep 0.2 to 0.5 ppm , my SPS got better color .
 

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I use 2 filters for 500 Gal. system , today i just make one more, i use to have 4 ppm Nitrate, my goal is 2 to 2.5 ppm Nitrate.
 

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vio

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I've used sulfur denitrators specifically Midwest Aquatic reactors for 10 years and eventually stopped and sold them off.
Excellent source to control N03 when maintained and used properly but does nothing for P04. I also found that sulfur builds up in the system after prolonged years of use which can affect macro algae growth.
Just my 2 cents and experience.
"I also found that sulfur builds up in the system after prolonged years of use which can affect macro algae growth."

Sorry , but you confuse me !

Works ..."Excellent source to control N03 ".....so how you inspect to grow Macro Algae with NO Nitrate ?!

May builds up Sulfur for many reasons, you need refugium to take in care of effluent .

The huge dif, between Chaetto or Algae Scrumber and Sulfur Filter , Macro Algae is hard to appreciate how much you have to remove to have steady NO3, Nitrate go UP and Down or undetectable , make almost impossible to estimate , how much GFO need to control PO4.

The beauty of Sulfur Filter is steady , lets say 2 to 5 ppm, so easy to have some Rowa to control PO4 ( 0.02 to 0.05 ppm).

Is ALL about balance ( steady) if you have one under control ( Nitrate) is easy to control the Phosphate.

Chaetto , Algae Scrumber are the most aggressive Nitrate remover , hard to balance.
 

vio

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Any update on this vio?
Niko

I am SUPER happy , i NEVER have the tank like now.

Only one problem , those lift pumps ( $ 18) sucks , i got 3 but some time one of those stop working , i have to blow the water line, then back in business.
I may try dose pump, i have to figure how much ( mL) is the effluent .

I got brown frags for 2 years ( J.F.) i move around for dif. light intensity , dif. water flow , finally start to color up , just stop grow Macro Algae.
 

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Finally , i finish how to regulate the intake water, i have hard time using small water valves , lift pumps , keep clog , i resolve the issue, i will post after Christmas.
Works very well, easy fix, now ( last 2 months ) i stop using GFO, the key is........STEADY NO3 ( 3 ppm max 5 ppm).
 

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Finally , i finish how to regulate the intake water, i have hard time using small water valves , lift pumps , keep clog , i resolve the issue, i will post after Christmas.
Works very well, easy fix, now ( last 2 months ) i stop using GFO, the key is........STEADY NO3 ( 3 ppm max 5 ppm).

Mad Reefer Scientist
 

Thatguy96

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Finally , i finish how to regulate the intake water, i have hard time using small water valves , lift pumps , keep clog , i resolve the issue, i will post after Christmas.
Works very well, easy fix, now ( last 2 months ) i stop using GFO, the key is........STEADY NO3 ( 3 ppm max 5 ppm).

Mad Reefer Scientist
 

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