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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #1279

>Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 22:45:38 -0700
>From: "Matthew R. Sprague" <mspragu2 at twcny_rr.com>
>Subject: Subject: Re: Biowheels-CO2-plants redux
>> a nuisance than a help.  (If you have to change water to keep your
>> levels reasonably low, you probably benefit from the bio-wheels, if you
>> have to add nitrogen, remove them)

>regions and would not colonize a bio wheel. This makes the staement that a
>bio wheel should be used if water changes are needed to reduce nitrates
>false as well. The exact opposite would hold true.

I think what the first poster meant is, if you have to change water to keep
your nitrate level low, then you probably don't have enough plant life to
break down all the available nitrogen so you should use bacteriological
filtering like bio-wheels. If on the otherhand, you have to add nitrogen to
your tank for your plants, then you don't need the bacteria at all.
Admittedly confusing.

Actually, I seem to remember writing that bit in parenthesis but I know I
didn't write the rest of the paragraph. Maybe it's just because I explained
to to someone else privately. Weird.