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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:21 am Post subject: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 Hi  friends..  has  any  one  tried  their  hands  at  doing  a  phosphate  reactor  and  calcium  reactors  for  use  in  marine  aquariums?
 
 if  so  can  post  their  pics?
 
 even  if  u  have  a  branded/purchased  one  -  if  u  can  post  your  pics  it  will  be  of  help  when  i  do  mine
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:56 am Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 Hi  Pk
 
 I  have  made  a  DIY  Coil  Denitrator  and  it  works  like  a  charm.  Extremely  satisfied  with  the  results.
 
 I  have  a  60G  and  a  120G  marine  tank.  
 
 I  have  attached  the  plans  for  you.
 
 *Note:  The  plans  have  been  sourced  from  online  information.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:37 am Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 hi  nash...  isint  the  bioballs  create  a  medium  for  high  nitrate  development  thatz  what  all  are  indicating...  it  might  be  ok  for  a  FOWLER  but  not  for  a  reef  right?
 
 mostly  people  are  talking  about  sulphur  denitrator...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:58 am Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 Hi  pk...
 
 yes  bio  balls  used  in  conjunction  with  oxygenated  water  will  create  nitrate.
 
 However  in  the  coil  the  bacteria  present  in  it  depletes  all  the  oxygen.  Thus  the  bacteria  colonies  that  grown  in  the  bio  balls  r  the  ones  that  convert  nitrates  into  nitrogen.  The  flow  of  water  is  very  important.  Too  fast  and  it  will  become  a  nitrate  factory.  Too  slow  will  create  hydrogen  sulphide  (  will  smell  like  rotten  eggs)  I  have  had  success  in  setting  the  flow  rate  at  1drop  per  second  on  the  return  pipe.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:11 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 Hello,
 For  this  set  up  readily  available  empty  canister  filter  container  also  can  be  
 substituted.
 Thomas
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 2:40 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 Do  we  get  phosphate  removal  media  here  in  India?
 If  so  i  think  we  can  just  run  it  through  a  canister.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 3:15 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 Yes  we  do  get  phosphate  removing  media  here.  I  know  Aquapharm  makes  one  Sorb-4.
 
 However  this  only  removes  phosphates  and  not  nitrates.
 
 I  would  suggest  getting  mangroves  that  remove  both  phosphates  and  nitrates  if  you  want  a  more  natural  way  of  doing  things.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:35 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 for  Phosphate  removal  one  can  use  GFO  -  Granulated  ferric  oxide  -  ask  for  Ferric  Oxide  Hydroxide  at  the  chemical  supply  company.  Use  the  same  in  a  cannister  filter.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:43 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 Hi  Arvind
 
 Is  this  easily  and  freely  available  ?  what  abt  price  factors  ?
 
 Is  there  a  more  common  brand  name  which  shops  would  easily  recognize.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:55 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 Thanks  Arvind.
 Is  the  GFO  available  in  the  chemical  store  good  for  aquarium  use?
 Have  you  tried  it?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:09 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 hi  guys..  i  have  gone  store  after  store  in  wholesale  chemical  market..  they  have  ferric  hydroxide  in  powder  form...  not  in  granular  form...  and  its  the  purest  ...  but  still  of  no  use...
 
 GFO  is  the  best  medium  to  be  used  to  remove  phosphates....  
 
 nash  can  u  throw  some  light  on  
 "  Yes  we  do  get  phosphate  removing  media  here.  I  know  Aquapharm  makes  one  Sorb-4."
 
 where  is  it  available  and  at  what  price?  cuz  i  found  a  source  in  Calcutta  that  imports  pure  GFO  from  Germany  to  be  used  in  government  treatment  plants  and  he  wants  me  to  take  a  min  of  1  ton  order!!!  
 
 how  abt  using  Sulphur  in  the  reactor  media  to  remove  nitrates?  most  guys  in  US  use  it  and  they  have  stopped  using  denitrator  coils...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:37 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 I  get  my  GFO  when  needed  from  the  water  supply  board,  yup  am  using  it  when  needed  and  am  very  happy  with  it.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:45 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 Pls  check  out  this  link  -  http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-11/rhf/index.php
 
 I  guess  one  should  be  able  to  use  normal  ferric  oxide  (Fe2O3)  to  bind  phosphates  too,  although  i  have  not  tried  it  myself
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:58 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Reactors (Phosphate/Nitrate) and Calcium Reactors Reply with quote

 gone  through  those  articles..  but  we  need  granular  form  and  not  powder  form..  what  we  have  here  in  stores  in  powder  form...  is  the  Water  Supply  Board  giving  GFO?
 
 let  me  know...
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