Nitrate Levels And Cleaning Filter Media

Agrivoi1

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No, however, if you wanted to start a new tank, you can take your already established media amd place it in the new filter to help establish the new tank quicker.
 

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The nitrates are in the water, not in the filter. You clean the filter to remove mechanical debris and allow good water flow. You remove nitrates by doing water changes.
Some people let too much debris build up in the filters due to lac maintenance so they add to the nitrate load in that way. If they cleaned out the rotting food etc in the filter there would be less nitrates from there being less stuff decaying.

It's also good to clean under rocks and decorations to remove more decaying material.
 
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