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[APD] filters, nitrates, and myths?

the present consensus on nitrates being better than ammonia to keep algae away, and such, has gotten me thinking on the use of standard filter units (minus the charcoal) with planted tanks. In several places it has been said that it is perhaps better to forgoe using standard filter floss type filtering and to use something simple that just collects the big peices and moves the water around, like powerheads or such. But, based on the idea that nitrates are far preferable to ammonia, then would it not be better to have a fair amount of filter media? opposed to just moving the water around and depending on the plants to take care of the ammonia? or something in between?

-derek parr
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