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Anyone with experience?

Does anyone have experience with the Milwaukee SMS125 pH and ORP Controller. I know I want a pH controller, but since I also want an ozonator, would this be someting worth looking into? If anyone has experience positive or negative please let me know. Appreciated.
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Why would you need an ozonator on a planted tank?
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not so much for plant needs but more for critter health. I am a microbiologist and i tend to believe the water quality will be greater and the fish health better maintained.
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nm, my post wasn't relavent after rereading the original question.

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i dont think you want ozone on a planted tank. Im super knowledgable on ozone since i used it on my reefs for many years. Im assuming your not up on ozone or you wouldnt be asking the question about it or the orp controller. If you do use it anyway make sure you use a reactor and run the output thru good activated carbon to remove it since its a strong oxidizer. Do not inject it directly into your tank. Being such a strong oxidizer it probably will remove or render inert alot of the organics and ferts your plants need . If you have a well planted tank the plants will release enough o2 and use enough of the organics in the tank to raise the orp (oxidation reduction potential) naturally thru the course of the day. It can be used to help kill bacteria and stop the spread of disease but like i said its usually a saltwater application and not needed in freshwater.
some may disagree but this is my opinion
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Nothing to add as this is way over my head, but, T. Amano said somthing like: "Healthy plants = healthy fish". BTW, you know not to run the UV clarifier unless you get green water? Interesting sig too...





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Thanks for pointing that out, Betow...lolol
Maybe I wil hold off then. I wanted an opinion. I have never had a planted fresh tank before this experience. I am thinking purely microbiologically. Kill the microorganisms before they can kill plants and animals...basic, like you Tarzan, me Jane. So i will pass until I see a need. Thanks for the input guys!!
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Micros are cool again. You can buy packages of live nitrifying bacteria at select stores! You may consider a UV unit as it kills floating live things like green water and ick spores. However the "good" bacterial colonies on plants and surfaces do fine. Also look up carbon in planted tanks too for more things you do not need.

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Thanks for pointing that out, Betow...lolol
Maybe I wil hold off then. I wanted an opinion. I have never had a planted fresh tank before this experience. I am thinking purely microbiologically. Kill the microorganisms before they can kill plants and animals...basic, like you Tarzan, me Jane. So i will pass until I see a need. Thanks for the input guys!!

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