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Re: [AGA-Member] RE: To much K and step

I don't think the bio-balls make much diff.  If the plants
can't grab the amonnia/ammonium before the bacteria get it
and convert it to nitrite then nitrate, then they will get
it when it's converted to nitrate. And how much
ammonia/ammonium the plants use up will limit the amount of
bacteria the tank will support. In fact, if you think about
it, that's an argument for having them, to lessen the
possibility of excess nitrites. But either way, it
problably won't lessen the amount of nitrogen available to
the plants.

--- Nickeydundee@aol.com wrote:

> Hello All,
>     My tank Rachel has been running for 8-9 months now. 
> NH3 and nitrite are 
> zero KH is 4-5 degrees and PH is set at 6.8 with the 
> american marine ph 
> controller that is running the CO2. With the bio-balls in
> the  sump I think I can 
> get rid of them because the plants will use up the NH3
> which  they like anyway 
> right? Why make the plants work harder for NH3 then they
> have  to plants grow 
> bio-balls don't. Or maybe I am wrong about the
> bio-balls....and  should leave 
> them..
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