Sep 6, 2002, 12:36 PM
Post #170 of 312
Hi you all!
Re: [Mark] High Nitrates Level? Try This!
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I have read through the topic, beacuse I would like to build an adequate filtering system to my aquarium.
I do not have a pond, since I lack of space, and in my country, winter is too cold, I would get some frozen fish by the end of november.
Thus I keep african cichlids. I too have a problems with high nitrate and sometimes phosphate levels, and beeing tired of regular water changes, which always have the risk of putting some new bacteria, or other stuff, like too much chlorine into the aquarium, I have decided to build a trickle system.
After reading the topic, there are still a few questions on my mind:
1, I have a 500 liter aquarium. What dimensions must the tower have? I would like to make it as small as possible, since it will be in the house.
2, Bioballs are too expensive for me, lava rock is not available, just for gold, what other material can be used for a filter media? I was thinking about that clayish thing, which resides in power plants. I mean that red thing, which when grinded, used to cover tennis courts.
3, Must I use my old filter too, or it is not needed any more?
4, Is there any way to make is start faster? Some bacteria concentrate or like it?
5, What do you do with phosphates?
Hope you can help me.