nitrate reactor

Denitrators / Nitrate Reactors

The end result of normal filtration and biofiltration is nitrates.  All the organics in an aquarium is broken down into nitrates and they will normally remain nitrates until they are removed by water changes.  There are however ways to reduce the nitrates in the aquarium without water changes.

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Nitrate Reactor Media

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Non Nitrate Reactor Methods and Products

There are ways to reduce nitrates such as algae scrubbers and refugiums.  However, these will not be a complete solution and will need to be considered a part of a long term approach to eliminating nitrates in the tank.  A dedicated nitrate reactor is the key to eliminating nitrates in the long run.  Here is an algae scrubber.  Apparently it’s only for saltwater aquariums and I’m really not sure of the details.

nitrate reactorSanta Monica Filtration HOG3 Saltwater Upflow Algae Scrubber with Strings & Green Grabber Textures

Description: multiple units are preferred over one larger unit because you can clean one unit per week, and because you’ll always have one unit filtering while the other one starts growing again after a cleaning. Multiple units are also good for backup. The magnets attach the outside cover to the inside cover, through the aquarium wall, and can be used on glass or acrylic up to 5/8 inch (16 mm) thick. Not more. … Requires an air pump that can pump at least 2 liters per minute (.07 CFM), preferably more. Pumps that handle 2 or more air stones/outlets, or pumps with 2 tubing attachments, will be needed.  

Huh??? That sounds complicated!

Sometimes you might want to get a nitrate spike under control.  There are products such as Amquel Plus which bind the nitrates and will provide a “quick fix.”  Although it is not a nitrate reactor this product can help alleviate sudden nitrate spikes.

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Amquel Plus is a Unique Water Conditioner Providing Actions Needed For Safe aquarium and Pond Keeping For Fishes and Invertebrates.
Nontoxic and Saves On The Need For As Many Water Changes As Would Otherwise Be Required.
Removes/Detoxifies All Of The Kinds Of Toxic Nitrogen Compounds In The Water.
Removes/Detoxifies All Forms Of Ammonia/Ammonium/Nitrites/Nitrates From The Water, Including Ammonia In Chloramines.
Is Safe To Use With Other Water Conditioners and Organic Herbal Fish Medications.

Nitrate Reactor Media

There is also media specifically made to harbor nitrate reducing bacteria.  The distinguishing characteristics of this media is massive surface area which will not become clogged.  To really take benefit of the nitrate reducing characteristics, the media should be in it’s own nitrate reactor or filter and the flow rate reduced.  In other words, it will be it’s own dedicated nitrate reactor otherwise it acts just like bioballs or any other biological media.

Nitrate reactor media
Nitrate reactor media

Seachem Matrix Bio Nitrate Reactor Media 1 Liter

Supports denitrifying bacteria in a nitrate reactor

Extreme surface area

Matrix is a highly porous media designed to provide exceptionally efficient bio filtration for single site reactor of ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate from freshwater, marine, and reef aquaria.

Due to its organic nature – size, shape, coloration, and density of the matrix material will vary slightly between packages.

 

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The Aquaripure series of Nitrate Reactors takes this concept a few steps further and has been doing so since 2003.  Not only is the media already contained in it’s own virtually indestructible container designed to last the lifetime of your aquarium, it is pre-inoculated with denitrifying bacteria (which speeds up the initial cycling process 2x to 3x) and there is also the ability to inject bacteria growth nutrient thereby doubling the effectiveness of the bacterial surface area available.  Basically, the Large Aquaripure is equal to 8 gallons worth of other denitrification media set up in it’s own reactor, depending on flow rate and other factors.  Also, Aquaripure has 14 years of experience to draw from and so you won’t be on your own trying to figure out the necessary parameters, media volume, and ideal flow rate for your aquarium.

Save Time and Money, Eliminate Nitrates, Control Algae, and Reduce Maintenance!

An Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor will greatly reduce the need for water changes in your fish tanks, saving you time, money, and reducing the stress on your aquarium fish.

What is an Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor?

The Aquaripure Nitrate Removal (or Reactor) Filter, also known as a denitrator, is a comprehensive biological filter which will completely remove all organic matter and nitrates in an Aquarium. This type of filter is also known as a denitrifier, biodenitrator, anaerobic biological filter, nitrate reactor, or simply a nitrate filter. Other biological filters only convert organic matter into nitrates which then accumulate in the aquarium, physical filters only remove larger particulate matter, and skimmers do not remove any nitrates. The Aquaripure nitrate reactor filter (or denitrator) uses beneficial bacteria to break down invisible organic matter and nitrates completely into Nitrogen gas which then escapes into the atmosphere. This same process is even used by some water treatment plants to make wastewater safe for human consumption and to clean polluted water. The Aquaripure nitrate reactor filter does this in an extremely safe and controlled environment and after the water from the Aquaripure nitrate reactor is aerated there is nothing left but pure, clean, crystal clear water.

Can I use it with fresh and saltwater fish tanks?

YES! The Aquaripure nitrate reactor filter (denitrator) can be used with all freshwater tropical fish aquariums and saltwater aquariums including coral reef tanks and freshwater planted tanks. It is completely harmless to all freshwater and marine aquarium fish. All any aquarium really needs for great water quality is good water flow, a little mechanical filtration, and an Aquaripure nitrate reactor.

What makes Aquaripure Nitrate Reactors the best?

Don’t be fooled by the cheap nitrate reactor products or denitrators. These are simply a tiny band-aid on a large and permanent problem. You will need to buy them or their internal media over and over again and they are not a good value. Only a specialized nitrate filter like Aquaripure nitrate reactor filter (denitrator) can provide permanent and complete nitrate reduction. And unlike other similar nitrate filters, Aquaripure Nitrate Removal filters use proprietary and patent pending technology to maximize it’s efficiency and effectiveness.  Aquaripure nitrate reactors all have a tremendous internal surface area for denitrifying bacteria to grow and thrive, much more than any “coil” nitrate reactor or the other competition. For example, it would take more than ten “coil” type denitrator filters to equal the nitrate removal power of a Large Aquaripure nitrate reactor. Moreover, many of the other denitrator / nitrate reactor  filters are vastly overrated in terms of their capacity.

In “sulfur” nitrate reactors, the effluent contains large amounts of H2SO4, sulfuric acid, and SO4, sulfate. You must have a separate reactor with carbonate to neutralize the acid. Also, the costly sulfur and carbonate media must periodically be replaced. None of this is an issue with Aquaripure nitrate reactor filters (denitrators). With Aquaripure nitrate reactors, no sulfuric acid or sulfates are produced and nothing will ever need to be replaced.

Aquaripure nitrate reactor filters utilize the only highest quality tubing, valves, and connections. You will not find any cheap parts on an Aquaripure nitrate reactor.  Aquaripure nitrate reactor filters are also “pre-populated” with more beneficial bacteria than ever to start working fast. Unlike other nitrate reactor products, the Aquaripure nitrate reactor filter (or denitrator) is designed to be safe, extremely easy to use, require little maintenance, and completely remove nitrates for many, many years.

Do I have to change anything or add anything to the Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor?

Unlike other filters in which you have to replace the internal media, you will never have to change anything on the Aquaripure nitrate reactor filter (denitrator). There are no filters to change and no mess to deal with. There is a “feeding” tube on all of Aquaripure’s nitrate reactor filters (except the Mini) that is very easy to use. You simply inject nutrient solution or alcohol into the Aquaripure nitrate reactor once a week. Feeding and adjusting the Aquaripure nitrate reactor only costs pennies and will only take seconds of your time. Aquaripure’s nitrate reactors are designed to be easy to setup and maintain, and will give you many years of service.

Nitrate Reactors

Mini Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor
Mini Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor for tanks 5-20 Gallons

Mini Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor

The Mini Aquaripure needs no nutrient injection and is recommended for Aquariums up to 20 gallons or less. It is the equivalent of about a 5-7 gallon weekly water change.  Includes pump, tubing, and instruction sheet.

Adjusting the Aquaripure nitrate reactor  will only take seconds of your time. Aquaripure’s nitrate reactors are designed to be easy to setup and maintain, and will give you many years of service.

 

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Small Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor for tanks 15-50 gallons

Small Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor

Recommended for Aquariums 15-50 Gallons (60-200 Liters)

Using the Small Aquaripure will be the equivalent of up to a 20 gallon weekly water change. Includes pump, tubing, feeding syringe, and manual.

Feeding and adjusting the Aquaripure nitrate reactor only costs pennies and will only take seconds of your time. Aquaripure’s nitrate reactors are designed to be easy to setup and maintain, and will give you many years of service.

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Medium Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor for tanks 55-120 gallons.

Medium Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor

Recommended for Aquariums between 55-115 gallons (200-435 Liters)

Using the Medium Aquaripure will be the equivalent of up to a 50 gallon weekly water change. Includes pump, tubing, feeding syringe, and manual.

Feeding and adjusting the Aquaripure nitrate reactor only costs pennies and will only take seconds of your time. Aquaripure’s nitrate reactors are designed to be easy to setup and maintain, and will give you many years of service.

If the standard Medium Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor is too tall (24.5″) then a low profile Medium Nitrate Reactor is available.

 

Large Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor
Large Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor for Aquariums 120-300+ Gallons

Large Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor

Recommended for Aquariums 120-300+ Gallons (435-1000 liters)

The Aquaripure Add On Canister can be used to increase the capacity of the Large by an additional 120 Gallons (435 Liters)

Using the Large Aquaripure will be the equivalent of up to a 90 gallon weekly water change. Includes pump, tubing, feeding syringe, and manual.

 

Bubble Magus Nitrate Reactor N150AT
Bubble Magus Nitrate Reactor N150AT

I was honestly looking to display another nitrate reactor other than Aquaripure but none even halfway worthwhile seem to be available.  Many other companies making nitrate reactors have come and gone over the past 14 years but no other company making dedicated nitrate reactors has had the success and longevity Aquaripure has had.

Here is one such typical imitation product.  It’s called the:

Bubble Magus Nitrate Reactor N150AT

It costs as much as the Medium Aquaripure Nitrate Reactor and probably works about as good as the Mini.  It’s not even available at the time I posted this!

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