Denitrification block

Discussion in 'Reef Chemistry' started by nly04, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. nly04

    nly04 Guest

  2. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    I assume it's like any denitrification process, you give surface area so that bacteria can live on it, and it'll go to work. Not sure I would call it some magical cure though.
  3. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Yes, not magical. Basically like deep sand beds and inside live rock.

    Key for this type of Nitrate removal is to have two layers.
    The outer oxygen rich layer has bacteria that convert ammonia -> nitrite -> nitrate.
    In doing so, the also use up the oxygen.
    That leaves an inner area where different anaerobic bacteria convert Nitrate to simple nitrogen gas and water.
    2 NO3āˆ’ + 10 eāˆ’ + 12 H+ ā†’ N2 + 6 H2O

    Having a nice uniform optimized pore structure like they advertise could help.
    So it MIGHT be better than a DSB or live rock. Or not.
    It certainly seems more convenient, especially for sumps. That might be a real win.
    But it looks nowhere near as nice in a display tank.

    A downside is that it only gets rid of Nitrates, not phosphates.
  4. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Poking around more, and I am not so sure it would work for Nitrates after all.
    Should work great on Ammonia and Nitrite.
    But they say it is so porous "water just flows through"
    That is bad for Nitrate reduction, since you will not get a low oxygen zone.

    Although presumably detritus and a biofilm would clog the outer pores pretty quickly....
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  5. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Water changes
    Just do the water changes
    Large and often
    I have old fish and corals...10+ years
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