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    Best nutrient depleeter

    I am curious what everyone thinks about the best phosphate and nitrate reducer. I noticed that after I found something that works for me, I stop looking. So chemical, biological or mechanical, what's your choice and why?

    Try and explain your bio load, husbandry time on said items and why you chose it.

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    Best, minimal feeding and water changes. Next in line would be a large skimmer with the addition to bio pellets, then macros, gfo.... just my 2c.




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    Jj- how long have you run pellets? I have had them on for a while and my system is doing great with them, but I wonder if I need them anymore.

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    Guess I should have posted my nutrient killer set up.

    -700 lbs of rock plus or minus a lb. (haha)
    -bio pellet reactor that is way undersized for the system
    -huge skimmer and another small skimmer for the bio pellet reactor.
    -4 large mangroves
    -and a ton of macro algae
    -and a water change when I get around to it.


    Like the post above says, I am thinking about removing the pellets for cost efficiency and the fact that the macros are more than likely out competing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by static reef View Post
    Jj- how long have you run pellets? I have had them on for a while and my system is doing great with them, but I wonder if I need them anymore.

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    I've been running pellets for a couple years but I run a very small amount.

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    I like the mixed approach so there are multiple things working, and no single point of failure. 600 gallons water volume. 350 display and 120 display, 180 sump/refugium. I use filter socks I change our maybe three times a week, a skimmer that isn't really big enough any more, but I run it for a really wet skim, a lot of ceramic blocks, live rock in the sump, chaeto, some other macro algae, occasionally Dr. Tim's eco-balance, occasionally Sea Klear phosphate remover poured into the skimmer, occasional water changes in addition to the frequent top off of salt water as my skimmer pulls out some (ATO of RO/DI is a separate thing). Each by itself is helpful.

    If you haven't checked out the BRS test of chaeto you might want to.
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    What an awesome video. Thank you for sharing

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    So the Sea klear (Lanthanum chloride) you drip into a 10micron filter sock or drip it in the sump in front of you skimmer intake. why the 10 micron sock if it is removable by skimming?

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    Best nutrient depleeter

    Quote Originally Posted by FireDawg56 View Post
    So the Sea klear (Lanthanum chloride) you drip into a 10micron filter sock or drip it in the sump in front of you skimmer intake. why the 10 micron sock if it is removable by skimming?
    You don't want it circulating around in the display, and not all of it will get pulled out by the skimmer right away. Supposedly it can be a problem for tangs if it circulates around. I just pour a little into the skimmer instead of in front of the intake. I have had times where I added too much and I could see the cloudiness from it in the display for a little while, but I've never seen my tangs show signs of distress.


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    ANYONE ELSE?

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    Sorry been extremely busy all summer. Quit using biopellets because I was taking too many nutrients out. Couldn't grow macro algae and corals were losing color. Found out when pump quit on reactor and everything colored up while waiting on pump. Now only doing turf algae scrubber, macros, and a small amount of vodka. Little bit for fish little bit more for me. Small algae outbreak after reactor was removed but is now under control. Sorry shark i got from you disappeared sometime over summer probably because of my bad husbandry skills over summer. Also reduced feeding amount. Seems to be doing pretty well without the pellets now though. Have a lionfish, shark, and cowfish among other fish so bioload is pretty high.

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    Bummer about the shark. Awesome write up though, thanks.

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    based on experience, I have always found Chaeto to be the best for nutrient export. Ive always had good success. The video from BRS backs up what I have found from my tanks. I always have undetectable levels of phosphate and nitrate but recently I added GFO since I had an algae outbreak due to someone watching my house for 2 weeks. I am not sure if I will stick with the GFO long term but I know I will be using Chaeto for the life of my aquarium.
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    Agreed Chaeto is great as a long term solution I have mixed results w gfo itís tough to get water to flow through the media reactor properly the way it packs in. For fast removal Brightwell phos e liquid does work for sure when you have a high amount you need to control


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