Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: New Brunswick, NJ
To UV/Diatom Filter, or Not to Filter?
I am hoping to get some feedback about whether to add a UV or diatom filter following my first bout with green water algae bloom! Replaced my carbon with purigen about 2 weeks ago, and just 2 days ago I get cloudy water (maybe relted, probably not).
I have a 46 gallon bowfront african cichlid, planted tank with the following specs:
Coralife 2X96w 50/50 and 6700 running 8 hrs/day
Dosing Seachem Flourish, Nitrogen, Phosphate, and Excel once a week.
Two AC70 filters: Sponge, Purigen (in one), Filter Floss, BioMax, and crushed coral (in one). NO carbon.
10-20% Water changes weekly.
So what do you guys and gals think? Do I need to add a UV or diatom filter to prevent another bloom? Or just deal with them as they come? If yes, do any work without canister or similar filter?