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Ido1
01/16/2010, 04:17 AM
From these two - Sulfur based reactor,carbon dosing?

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jayb12
01/16/2010, 07:54 AM
well both ultimantly do the same thing, carbon dosing is more of a hands on approach and requires daily matenience and can some times take up to a year before you see results.

i have been reading a lot about sulpher denitrators and im told they can work in as little as 2 weeks as well they are a hands off approach.

Randy Holmes-Farley
01/16/2010, 08:18 AM
I prefer skimming and growing macroalgae and organic carbon dosing. I use all of them.

I'm not a big fan of unbalanced (nonphosphate reducing) methods, like sand beds or denitrators, but they certainly can work well if you otherwise deal with the phosphate.

These have more:

Nitrate in the Reef Aquarium
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/august2003/chem.htm

The “How To” Guide to Reef Aquarium Chemistry for Beginners,
Part 4: What Chemicals May Detrimentally Accumulate
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2007-09/rhf/index.php

darkdruid
01/16/2010, 08:50 AM
Sand bed, sump full of live rock, and macro works the best for me.

Ido1
01/19/2010, 09:28 AM
Thanks :wave:

Amoore311
01/19/2010, 10:04 AM
MB7+ Vodka, and a big skimmer.

reefgeezer
01/19/2010, 10:42 AM
Carbon & a big a** skimmer - Because nitrates are not the only nutrient removed. Daily dosing does kinda suck, but it only take a couple of seconds and its simple enough that a tank sitter can do it while you are away.