diy nitra gaurd cubes reactor

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  1. jono

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    hey fellow reefers

    I still have high nitrates and have literally spent 1000s of rands on chemicals, bacterias, big water changes ect. I have been doing some research today on a product that seems to be the most effective method of sorting out nitrates once and for all. The product im reffering to nitra-gaurd titianum cubes. So after my research i have found that running them through a reactor will be most benificial.
    So here are my two options of a reactor. The reactor will run off the return from the chiller so it works out to one less pump.

    Let me know what you think

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    Hi

    Not sure where u did the research, but these dont work well in a reactor
     
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    Its what the lfs told me so what is the best way then?????
     
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    Bio cubes works best in the bag provided with only an air-stone in the sump. I did use it in a reactor but the cubes only work like 25% off its true potential. Rather follow the instructions on the container... plain and simple. Rinse cubes in ro water for 24hyours place in bag provided with an air stone in a high flow area in the sump... easy as that... Reactors does not work been there done that... @dallasg
     
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    Thanks then can i attach the bag to the return from the chiller that will be good flow?? Secondly what i was told is rather put half the amount of cubes so it doesnt create shock in my system but rather bringing the nitrates down slower as its been high for a while now50+
     
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    At that level, suspect you have a fair amount of phosphate as well?

    Would start with the normal cubes (not the titanium ones) will then help with both.

    Slower is always good.
     
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    Cubes need air. Water flow is not the critical issue to make them work
     
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    im running myne in a reactor. what I've done is put a air line with air stone in the reactor it work leke a charm
     
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    What about using a skimmer pump for the reactor to supply air and flow?
     
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    guys the flow should be mild so as to just keep water passing the cubes, the airstone provides a gentle oxygenated flow, too much will agitate the cubes to much.

    just stick to the simple recommended way and you will get optimal performance
     
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    i put my cubes in the section fo the sump with the return pump, is that enough flow? standard boyu return pump. Does the air stone need to be in the same compartment as the cubes? mine is in my tank after the return pump?
     
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    A fellow club member uses his in a reactor he made him self with no air stone or what ever and they work great for this tank.
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    This how i currently run the cubed, big a** air stone and airpump.
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    I did try reactors and the like and this is the result, algea growing on cubes, best is to stick to the bomb method.
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    @2balive infact the reason y im using the titianum is because my phosphatrs are low virtually undetectable its been the weiredest thing ever.
    So this is what i am going to do purchase the 500g titianum soak half of it for 24 hrs and place in the bag provided with an airstone in the middle and place it in my return chamber. Is this going to be correct???

    Reason for half is id rather bring the nitrates down slowly to avoid loosing stock
     
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    If you make a reactor, don't allow any light to get in there by using clear acylic.
    We always use storm water pipe these days.
     
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    @jono sounds good bud, seems like this is the best method so far by the experiences other guys have had with the cubes. Can only do good bud give it a bash
     
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    Thanks guys

    Im heading out to the lfs just now and will firstly get them to do a test with their kits so i can compare with my kits and i will purchase the titainum and get the ball rolling.

    I will keep you informed
     
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    Putting it in a reactor can work but it's not the easiest or most reliable way to do it. Many have gone back from reactors to the airstone and bag method and some still use reactors.

    Why start with the more difficult and more likely to fail method?

    Bag, air stone, cubes - done. If the flow is too high and the cubes move, tumble and rub together they brake down and don't last as long as they could.

    Also - the cubes can take a while to start working, they don't just suck the nitrates out of your tank like an airplane toilet. Stick them all in at the same time and test weekly. Some people wait up to six weeks for results (some a lot quicker).
     
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    Agreed, in the bag the best!
     
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