Comparison Chart

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“After installing the Aquaripure nitrate remover, the nitrate in my aquarium is down to Zero. I can’t believe that this really works. Now I am really sure that I didn’t waste any money for buying it and confident enough to know that I am doing something right for my tank… It is really a great product.” – Jelovac

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Water Changes Bio-Balls Nitrate Media Sulfur denitrator Coil/DIY denitrators Refugium AZ/NO3 or dosing Deep Sand Bed Aquaripure
Eliminates Nitrates completely? No No highly unlikely Yes highly unlikely highly unlikely unlikely No Yes
Need to change media? N/A No Yes Yes No No N/A No No
Annual Cost Up to $1+ per gallon plus time costs… up to thousands of $ a year Cost of water changes, up to thousands of dollars per year Between $40-$100+ per year to replace media plus water changes Between $40-$100+ per year to replace media Cost of frequent additional water changes Cost of lighting/ Cost of additional water changes $200+ per year for product Cost of frequent additional water changes $10 a year for nutrient plus a few water changes
Still requires frequent water changes Yes Yes Probable No Probable Probable Probable Yes No
Other Notes Extremely Time consuming Actually Creates Nitrates Limited effectiveness, needs to be used in conjunction with other methods. Effluent is acid and creates a huge amount of sulfates Poor and ineffective design.   Limited effectiveness Requires a LOT of space and electricity.  Needs a lot of time to maintain. Creates an uncontrolled and potentially dangerous reaction Very limited effectiveness, needs to be used in conjunction with other methods. And the winner is …