Wow, I when I first started this topic thread I wasn't expecting to get so much response. Thank you for everyone who has chimed in.
After making the original post, I decided to try and implement the annoxic filter in my own aquarium because I already had a sump and the room to play with. In the beginning, I didn't notice the nitrate levels dropping until about 2 months into the experiment. After passing the two month mark, I found that my nitrate levels have almost zeroed out at least on my test kits. Naturally, my ammonia and nitrite are also reading at zero and I have begun to remove the original biological filter media from my sump. So far the annoxic filter baskets have picking up the slack nicely, and I have seen no upticks in any of the ammonia, nitrate, or nitrite readings.
I am not sure if zeroing out the nitrate is good for the fish or the plants as Novak purports in his videos, but the system does work as advertised to get rid of nitrate.
Does anyone have opinions on Novak's claim that we don't need to fertilize for anything except micros, iron, and potassium? He says in one of his videos that he doesn't fertilize with nitrogen or phosphorous. I would appreciate if someone with more knowledge than I regarding plant husbandry could chime in on this point.
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