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Am currently reading about setting up a deep sand bed in a bucket for nitrate removal (instead of adding the SB to the sump), and am thinking of giving it a try.

 

Would an old Fluval filter be a good idea to use (just fill with sand, taking all the filter compartments out)? Or is that not enough surface area)?

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Am currently reading about setting up a deep sand bed in a bucket for nitrate removal (instead of adding the SB to the sump), and am thinking of giving it a try.

 

Would an old Fluval filter be a good idea to use (just fill with sand, taking all the filter compartments out)? Or is that not enough surface area)?

 

No don't use the fluval. The key here is DEEP SAND BED, 6 to 10 inches D, Non silica sand, And bed, being your not disturbing it. The Bacteria develops in layers, you’re not after water flowing through, but over it. I have an external DSB bucket.

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No don't use the fluval. The key here is DEEP SAND BED' date=' 6 to 10 inches D, Non silica sand, And bed, being your not disturbing it. The Bacteria develops in layers, you’re not after water flowing through, but over it. I have an external DSB bucket.[/quote']

 

 

Do you have a picture of the plumbing involved?

Meaning how you get the water to the bucket and back to the tank or sump.

 

And is it having a measurable affect on your nitrates? How long have you run it?

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