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Old 10/21/2008, 02:30 PM   #287
Aquarist007
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Originally posted by EnglishRebel
Thanks guys. I guess I was comparing a sponge to a sock that some use to trap junk. Two different animals I guess. The HOB sounds good and that ammonia alert device looks like a winner. Do you have to check it with a more accurate test kit once in a while?
I personally don't run either anymore--sponges or filter media and or a micron filter sock.
They have the ability to trap nitrates and release them back into the water column
this is because they can't support anoxic bacteria--the bacteria responsible for breaking down nitrates to nitrogen gas--thus completing the nitrogen cycle.
This includes trickle filters with or without bioballs, fluvals, canister filters ect ect.
Best to remove all the media where possible nitrates can collect.


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