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Old 07-18-2007, 08:55 PM   #1
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How to get crystal clear water??


I've always wanted to get that crystalll clear water, that u would see in the tanks in the fish mgazines....is this possible without having to buy expensive equipment????
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Old 07-18-2007, 08:57 PM   #2
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Seachem Purgen seems to help, a diatom is the best bet, but that will cost a little money. A HOT magnum can be had for around 50.00
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Old 07-18-2007, 09:02 PM   #3
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iv never seen a HOT magnum for 50$, i paid 85$ for mine but i had a discount. they are well worth the money in my opinion. i had green water when i got back from vacation, and 20 minutes of the magnum (also used diatom powder) the water was crystal clear.
i use it a lot with my reef tank and planted tank with pleasing results. you can stir the detritus out of the gravel and let the magnum remove it. so its kinda like a water change.
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Old 07-18-2007, 09:03 PM   #4
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in addition, using a UV the first day after a water change can help.
keep in mind that the first Month of a new tank is usually cloudy.
some report 2-3 day tank blackouts help, but I don't endorse it.
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:06 PM   #5
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Purigen works quite well on a budget, and has many other benefits as well.
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Purigen™ is a premium synthetic adsorbent that is unlike any other filtration product. It is not a mixture of ion exchangers or adsorbents, but a unique macro-porous synthetic polymer that removes soluble and insoluble impurities from water at a rate and capacity that exceeds all others by over 500%. Purigen™ controls ammonia, nitrites and nitrates by removing nitrogenous organic waste that would otherwise release these harmful compounds. Purigen’s™ impact on trace elements is minimal. It significantly raises redox. It polishes water to unparalleled clarity. Purigen™ darkens progressively as it exhausts, and is easily renewed by treating with bleach. Purigen™ is designed for both marine and freshwater use. This product is sold by volume. Cited weight is minimal weight.


http://www.seachem.com/products/prod...s/Purigen.html
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:09 PM   #7
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well i have a marineland hangover filter for my tank its a 30 gallon and this filter can handle up to 50 gallons, so will this work???
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I use a combination of Seachem Purigen and Ultraviolet Sterilizer. My water is always so crystal clear that I sometimes have to give my head a shake and take a good hard look at the tank cause the water is so clear that it almost looks like I have no water in there.
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A diatom filter gets the water clearer than you can imagine.
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I bought a diatom a few months back to take care of a GW outbreak. Amazing clarity.... I run it now just because it makes the water look so good! You can't even tell it's in the tank!
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:38 AM   #11
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hahaha aight guys looks liek everyone is pretty much using a diatom filter....um what could i expect the cost to be around?
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I had "white" cloudy water breakout on me, broke down and bought a Turbo Twist 3X, installed it inline w/ my Fluval 305 (ditch the ribbed hosing and use 3/4" vinyl hosing, it will install right onto the barbs of the Fluval, the Turbo Twist, and the return head perfectly

I can't say enough about the TurboTwist, LFS have them too maybe $120....don't think it will work with your hang-over filter though

Purigen is cheap ($10?) and many people have success w/ just that, I would start there and give it a shot, it doesn't hurt to have it around later...only one of 4 LFS in town had it though, might have to look around
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I had "white" cloudy water breakout on me, broke down and bought a Turbo Twist 3X, installed it inline w/ my Fluval 305 (ditch the ribbed hosing and use 3/4" vinyl hosing, it will install right onto the barbs of the Fluval, the Turbo Twist, and the return head perfectly

I can't say enough about the TurboTwist, LFS have them too maybe $120....don't think it will work with your hang-over filter though

Purigen is cheap ($10?) and many people have success w/ just that, I would start there and give it a shot, it doesn't hurt to have it around later...only one of 4 LFS in town had it though, might have to look around
I agree. Don't go out and drop $100 - $200 on a UV when Purigen might get your job done for a fraction of the price.
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Old 07-22-2007, 09:40 PM   #14
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HOT magnum is $48.99 at BigAl'sOnline.com. Shipping is 8.45 for a total of 57.44. It's similarly priced at several other online stores, such as thatpetplace.com, drs. foster and smith, and several others.
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Are Diatom Filters supposed to be used 24/7?? I read that they are only for temporary use to clear and clean water and not permanent use.
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