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I just had to respond to the statement that wet/dry filters would out
compete the plants in a planted tank for the available ammonia.  While
this sounds plausible in a plant-only tank, most of us chose to keep
some fish in our fish tanks.  Some of us choose to keep a lot of fish
in our tanks.  The bacteria in any filtration system will increase and
decrease their numbers in direct proportion to the available EXCESS
ammonia present.  The plants get first shot at any ammonia produced.

Now, I am not a scientist and I don't even play one on T.V., but I
have maintained planted tanks for quite a few years now.  I long ago
realized that wet/drys were the filter of choice for me.  I am also a
charter member of the S.F. Bay Area Aquatic Plant Society, and many
(if not most) of my fellow club member use wet/dry filters with their
planted tanks.  The one idea I do agree with is that the bio wheel may
drop CO2 levels.  However, I have actually used the bio ball chamber
to facilitate the absorption of CO2 by simply bubbling the CO2 into
it.  So that seems to be the big difference between the two types of
wet/dry.  I also would think that the standard type of wet/dry would
be quieter.


"Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have."

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