Orca lab Nitra Guard titanium ( nitrate and phosphate removal )
Orca lab Nitra Guard titanium ( nitrate and phosphate removal )
Nitra-Guard Bio-Cubes TITANIUM - Nitrate remover
Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes TITANIUM is the world's first carbohydrate based nitrate remover that is completely resistant to Redfield's Ratio. Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes TITANIUM are made from 100% biologically degradable polymers that effectively remove nitrates without the need for phosphates from both marine and freshwater systems. BIO-Cubes TITANIUM have a very high surface area and contains 400% more carbohydrates than any other brand, making it the best product of it's kind in the world. Independent testing in real world scenarios, have proven BIO-Cubes TITANIUM to far outperform all other competing products. No other product of it's kind can compare with the explosive performance that BIO-Cubes TITANIUM can offer. BIO-Cubes TITANIUM are very versatile and can be used in filter bags and fluidized reactors. BIO-Cubes TITANIUM require no maintenance and require no feeding dosages making it the easiest and most convenient nitrate removing product on the market. Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes TITANIUM comes with a free filter bag with every jar.
How it all works
When culturing bacteria, 2 of the most important factors that will determine the size of the colony are surface area and food source. BIO-Cubes TITANIUM look like small open celled sponges giving the product a massive surface area. BIO-Cubes TITANIUM also has 400% more biologically available, insoluble polymer carbohydrates than any other product in the world. The product also contains titanium that makes the product the only carbon product that is resistant to Redfield's Ratio. No other liquid dosing or solid carbon product in the world can offer this. These 3 factors create conditions that are perfect for culturing and sustaining large bacteria colonies required to effectively remove nitrates from aquariums. It is these 3 factors that have made Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes TITANIUM the world's best carbohydrate based nitrate removing media. Independent tests that were performed in real world scenarios revealed that BIO-Cubes TITANIUM had the ability to reduce nitrate levels from 50ppm to below 5ppm in 3 weeks while all other competing products cease to work once the phosphate has run out!
The Effects of Redfield's Ratio on Carbohydrate based nitrate removers
Redfield ratio is the atomic ratio that exists between carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus that is found in plankton and throughout the oceans. This ratio also applies to yeast / bacteria that are responsible for nitrogen removal. The original ratio is found to be C:N:P = 106:16:1. The ratios of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus have recently been proven to fluctuate somewhat between different species of yeast. All 3 of these nutrients are required in order to make the process of nitrate removal possible. If the system becomes depleted in either one of these nutrients, biomass production will not happen and nitrate removal will cease. This is a common problem with all carbohydrate based nitrate removers and Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes TITANIUM is the only product of it's kind in the world that is resistant to this problem.
The role of Phosphate in Carbohydrate based nitrate removers
Phosphorus is essential to virtually every living creature. Phosphate is a component of ATP, RNA, DNA, and also the phospholipidsthat form all cell membranes. Low phosphate levels will limit growth in aquatic systems. The lack of Phosphate in a system will severely restrict the growth of the yeast / bacteria that removes nitrate in a system. Think of it in this way, if nitrate were the bricks for building a house, then phosphate would be the cement. If there were no cement to hold the bricks in place during construction, no building can continue. This is also true with the yeast / bacteria that is cultured to remove nitrate from the aquarium as the absence of phosphate will cause the process of nitrate removal to cease. Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes TITANIUM is the world's first carbohydrate based media that is nitrate selective and completely resistant to Redfield's Ratio and does not require phosphate in order to remove nitrates.
Directions for use :
The amount required will depend on stocking densities and amount of food added to the aquarium. Heavier stock loads will require larger amounts of product to be installed:
Below 15ppm: 1ml Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes TITANIUM per litre of aquarium water
15ppm to 30ppm: 2ml Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes TITANIUM per litre of aquarium water
30ppm to 60ppm: 3ml Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes TITANIUM per litre of aquarium water
Above 60ppm: 4ml Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes TITANIUM per litre of aquarium water
Before installing your BIO-Cubes TITANIUM, soak cubes in freshwater for 24hrs to prevent skimmers from becoming over-active. If skimmer does become over-active, switch skimmer off for a few hours and re-start. The skimmer will return to normal operation within 24 hours
Installing your BIO-Cubes TITANIUM :
Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes TITANIUM require very strong current and large quantities of oxygen in order to successfully remove nitrates. For best results, we recommend using Nitra-Guard BIO-Cubes TITANIUM in a "BOMB" Installation method
If BIO-Cubes TITANIUM are to be used in a reactor it is advisable to have a venturi system installed to insure proper oxygenation of the BIO-Cubes TITANIUM.
If BIO-Cubes TITANIUM are to be used in a filter bag or reactor, place them near the protein skimmer to assist in removing the nitrate and phosphate rich biomass faster.
If you are using BIO-Cubes TITANIUM in a freshwater system, place a fine filter cloth over the cannister of your filter. This will filter out the biomass which should be removed every few days.
After 10 days, the bacteria colonies will become prolific enough to start lowering nitrate and phosphate levels in your aquarium. If nitrate and phosphate levels in your aquarium are high, some cloudiness may occur which clears in a few days. With time, BIO-Cubes TITANIUM start to biodegrade as they are consumed by bacteria.
After 4 months, check BIO-Cubes TITANIUM and top-up levels to what they were when BIO-Cubes TITANIUM were first installed.
Which One to Use ? ( Bio Cube Nitra Guard or Bio Cube Titanium ? )
The original Bio Cube Nitra Guard version was designed for most aquariums, where both nitrate and phosphate is an ongoing issue. It adds the necessary carbon source so that natural occurring bacteria can develop and remove both the nitrates and phosphates which are present. The New Bio Cube Titanium version was designed to work in aquariums where phosphate is limited. Given the high phosphate content in the foods we feed, most aquarists will have a phosphate problem and therefore should use the original version of the NitraGuard Bio-cubes.
In conclusion, USE Nitra Guard if you existing P04 ( Phosphate level) is high, and Use Bio Cube titanium if your existing P04 ( Phosphate ) level is on the lower end. All in All, both products will work to bring down your N03 ( Nitrate ) level in a marine tank system.
If you just want to reduce your P04 ( Phosphate ) level in your system, then you should consider using Phosguard as a standalone product.
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