From the Error Zone re: Biowheels

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Date: Mon, 20 May 1996 08:12:16 -0400
From: Karen A Randall <krandall at world_std.com>
To: Aquatic-Plants-Owner at ActWin_com
Subject: Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #82

Subject: Biowheel Question
> Someone posted a week or so ago, that they took out their biowhe
> plants would get all the nutrients.  Please, correct me if I'm w
> thought the purpose of a biowheel was to provide increased area 
> nitrifying bacteria.  They then convert  ammonia and nitrite int
>  And that the nitrifying bacteria did nothing with the nitrates,
> couldn't use them.  Therefore, all the nitrates are available to
>   Please, comment.

Yes, but plants prefer ammoinium as a nitrogen source, so why 
process it into nitrate just to make the plants work harder to 
process it.  In a healthy, properly stocked planted tank, the 
plants _are_ the biological filtration... And they do a _very_ 
good job!<g>