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Questions on Type of Filtration for extra clear water..

I have guests coming over and want to just get the Tank
looking super clear ..

I have a Magnum 330 and was wondering, do I use the
Micron Filter for this?? I know I don't want to use Carbon.

Any info. would be appreciated!!
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yep, throw in the micron filter. I use an HOT, and the micron filter works very nicely for water polishing. There are even more intense methods of water polishing, but they usually require a chunk of change... those would be diatom filter, uv filter(doesn't help with straight mechanical filtrtation, but does wonders for "milky" or "green" water blooms). You do have the option of using your 350 with the micron filter *AND* diatomaceous earth powder for very intense micron filtering, but I've never tried that and can't say that it does or does not work. I've also read lots of stories about folks who have missed a step or two in the "charging" process, and have ended up with a tank cloudy with diatomaceous earth.

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I am actually running my HOT with diatom powder right now (I do it about once a month) and you will be amazed the difference it makes. It is relatively easy to set-up and a breeze to clean. If you would like to know how I set it up just let me know!!
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Micron filter??

Ok, novice question here.... Whats a micron filter...where would I find one...and if its very expensive....is there a diy approach?


Thanks!


(Im all about diy)
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The micron filter in the magnums is a pleated cartridge that is composed of filter material that has really tiny pores. It filters out most tiny particles that not even fine filter floss will take out, like extremely tiny organisms. For example, mine got rid of a small case of GW algae.

If you don't have access to a magnum, there are vendors that sell micron pads. Just stick them in your HOB or canister (as the last piece of material the water goes thru before returning to the tank, to avoid filter blockage), and it will filter in much the same way as the magnum micron cartridge. I'm not too sure of the pore densities of the pads, someone else might be able to help you with that.
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there's a diy method in the thread i linked to above.. last post. basically just an undersink filter run from a powerhead / pump with a micron cartridge and DE powder *OR* polyfill. very simple and straightforward to build. Water polishing just means filtering mechanincally to a very fine particle size (meaning you're using media with very small gaps for the water to pass through) so as to get the water very clear. Some tanks never seem to need it, others beg for it on a daily basis (i'm dealing with that right now with 2 tanks side by side). In any case, poke around, do a search on this site for water polishing, mechanical filtration, DE (diatomaceous earth, diatom powder), poly-fill, filter floss, and/or micron filters. That should give you a pretty good background on the process and applications.

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