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DIY Nitrate filter idea

I once read on another site that if you put bamboo in the compartment of an HOB filter, it would help reduce nitrates. Is this true? I would like to reduce the nitrate in my 46 gallon tank. Its giving my huge problems with hair algae.
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If your plants are growing, and you have enough plants, you won't have a nitrate problem. We dose nitrate in larger quantities than any other nutrient, because plants need so much. If you are relying on a test kit to tell you you have too much nitrate, be sure to calibrate the test kit before believing the result it gives.

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This is typically done in salt water with Macro Algae or Mangroves and in fish only freshwater.

I agree with Hoppy. You're also likely looking at a symptom and not the root cause of your hair algae.

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In addition to the above:
If you still think you have too much Nitrates, and are running a canister filter, keep it clean, great source of Nitrates.
Clean up decaying leaves, and try feeding less.

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