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Re: Bio-Wheels

Dan Dixon wrote:

> > Is my filtration system competing with my plants? (or will the bio-wheels
> > expel all the CO2 that I am trying to inject?)
> > I appreciate all the help.
> > Tom
> >
> >
> Tom, you sound like me about 6 months ago. :D  It appears that biowheels are
> not really necessary and may even be counterproductive in a planted
> aquarium, so I took mine off. Everything is doing fine.
> Search the archives at http://www.actwin.com/fish/aquatic-plants/search.html
> for "biowheels." Here are some responses to my own similar questions:
> http://www.actwin.com/fish/aquatic-plants/month.9909/msg00243.html
> http://www.actwin.com/fish/aquatic-plants/month.9909/msg00260.html
> http://www.actwin.com/fish/aquatic-plants/month.9909/msg00264.html

I have a biowheel pro 60 (2 biowheels plus a powerhead) and my pH controller doesn't have to turn on the CO2 excessively at all in order to get my normally pH 7.8, medium hard water to a pH of 7.1 in my 55 gallon tank. (I just set it up a few days ago; I was surprised at how fast the CO2 changes pH).

The other side of it is how efficient the biowheels are at nitrate removal. Looks like I might have to invest in a nitrate test kit.

Can someone recommend:
1) a nitrate test kit, and
2) a source for supplemental nitrate (does Seachem flourish provide this?)

-- Stephen