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+1 it's just lava rock that's super porous so it doesn't really "run out"
Thanks for all of the posts!
The Matrix and de*nitrate are very similar. De*nitrate is a smaller size and requires lower flow through it, in order to function as a nitrifying (remove ammonia and nitrite) and denitrifying filter (remove nitrate). The flow rate should be less than 50 gph through De*nitrate.
The Matrix is larger (a little less than 1/2" diameter) and does not require a specific flow rate, as it will function as a nitrifying and denitrifying filter at any flow rate. We also have the Pond Matrix which is the same, but larger in diameter (~1") and is ideal for use in large sumps. Either will work.
Both media's are entirely biological and will not release anything back into the tank. They both provide an ideal environment for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria colonization.
As for the placement of the Matrix, I would recommend after the skimmer so that any excess "junk" is removed before it reaches the Matrix.
I hope this helps!
Thats why i put it in there forum!! I agree with the detritus clogging so what can we do. Clean vigorously with water or what?Ripped Tide;831325 wrote: I think when they say "exhausted", they probably mean that the pores are clogged with detritus and it is no longer efficiently removing the nitrates...
May want to wait for the seachem guy to respond. I'm sure that they know their products better than I do.
Gotcha. Mine's in a reactor as well and doesn't seem to get much detritus in it but i'll give that a try. I think my filter socks catch most of the stuff before it gets to the pump.Ripped Tide;831337 wrote:
I have matrix in the sump, lining the bottom and denitrate in a reactor that is shake when I do water changes. My thought process: frequent shaking should knock most of the detritus off.
:thumbs: we like our local guys.Seachem;831514 wrote: Wow! I don't think we even need to answer the question! You guys and/or gals, certainly know your Seachem products! :yay:
As long as they aren't going up, you should be ok. It could be that you need to add more denitrate. Your tank's balance of waste/waste removal seems to have settled around 10.mph84;831363 wrote: 10~. Need to check to be sure but they've been hanging around there
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[I]Wow! I don't think we even need to answer the question! You guys and/or gals, certainly know your Seachem products! :yay:</em>
:thumbs: we like our local guys.[/QUOTE]
Got that right. Still kicking myself about missing the tour. That the way the cookie crumbles I guess;-)
Have you increased feeding or bioload?mph84;831600 wrote: As long as they aren't going up, you should be ok. It could be that you need to add more denitrate. Your tank's balance of waste/waste removal seems to have settled around 10.
Can't stand for that!! They used to be undetectable!!