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01-05-2011, 03:48 AM #1
Question about marineland penguin filter?
I have a marineland penguin filter with a bio wheel.I started a planted aquarium and i found out that a bio wheel took out to many nitrates from the aquarium water plaus it addes in to mutch oxegin into the aquarium which if you add co2 it will cause it to be less effective.So my question is would it be ok to remove the bio wheel and would there be still live bacteria in the aquarium enough to combat the nitrates?Thanks.
01-05-2011, 04:52 AM #2
The biowheel is more of a gimmick than a really useful addition to the filter IMO. However, aerobic bacteria don't take out nitrates, so the filter isn't going to affect that either way. As long as the tank is established you should be able to remove the biowheel w/out any significant impact on the livestock.
01-05-2011, 04:55 AM #3
The biowheel is a very valid and effective way to host bacteria imo. It works, that is a fact. I know of pet shops that use commercial versions of it.
Removing it will not help you with your problem though.
01-05-2011, 11:20 AM #4
+ 1 to the advice already given here.
If you want to lower your nitrates, I would suggest increasing your weekly water changes to help with that. At least that has always worked for meIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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