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SantaMonica
10-20-2008, 12:15 AM
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Text Version: Nutrients, part 1

Organic Nutrients: Food, Fish Waste. Another name for Organic Nutrients are Organic Nitrate (NO3) and Organic Phosphate (PO4). Hobby test kits cannot test for these.

Inorganic Nutrients: Inorganic Nitrate (NO3) and Inorganic Phosphate (PO4). These are invisible, but they are what hobby test kits test for.
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SantaMonica
10-20-2008, 12:16 AM
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Text Version: Nutrients, part 2

Food --> fish,corals --> Organic Nitrate, Organic Phosphate.

Organic Nitrate, Organic Phosphate --> Bacteria --> Inorganic Nitrate, Inorganic Phosphate.

Inorganic Nitrate, Inorganic Phosphate --> Algae --> Oxygen
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SantaMonica
10-20-2008, 12:17 AM
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Text Version: Nutrients, part 3

The amount of Inorganic Nitrate and Inorganic Phosphate that a scrubber removes is directly controlled by how much light-power hits the scrubber:

1" - The light-power is full strength.

4" - At 4" distance, the same bulb power has to cover four times the area, so the power per square inch is only 25 percent of what is was (reduced 75%).

6" - At 6" distance, the same bulb power has to cover nine times the area, so the power per square inch is only 11 percent of what is was (reduced 89%).

This is why placing the bulb very close to the scrubber is extremely important.
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SantaMonica
11-01-2008, 04:52 PM
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Text Version: Nutrients, part 4

Our Tanks: High Inorganic Nutrients, Low Organic Nutrients.
The Ocean: Low Inorganic Nutrients, High Organic Nutrients.



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SantaMonica
11-27-2008, 10:29 PM
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Text Version: Nutrients, part 5

When Food Decomposes

Food ==> Bacteria ==> Inorganic Nitrate and Inorganic Phosphate ==>

==> Algae growth on your rocks and glass eats most of the
Inorganic Nitrate and Inorganic Phosphate.

==> The remaining Inorganic Nitrate and Inorganic Phosphate
stays in your water, which is what you read when you test.




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