Originally Posted by Rex Grigg
One word. Eco-Aqualizer
No, not in this case.
The performance of algae scrubbers have been documented. It's widely known that algae absorbs nitrates. I have not bought these products, but I've read quite a bit about them. I believe they are basically panes of glass in an enclosed module with a very bright light. Water passes along and in between the glass panes.
The problem... the person selling them for the aquarium industry not only has no idea how to market and design a web page, he knows how to drive customers away and make the products appear bogus. His site (on multiple domains) contains VERY long ramblings that make him come across as a lunatic. (If you have ever seen web pages designed by people with disorders such as schizophrenia, they resemble his page.) The product presentation is very poor. He claims to be a lawyer, so I've seen threads on other forums discussing the products deleted.
He also makes over the top claims about the products. Such as bio filters poison fish. What I believe he's trying to say is an aquarium is a sewage treatment plant on a very small scale (which is true). In big lakes, there's just as much or more "filtration" by algae as there is by bacteria (again which is true). Big ponds and lakes contain millions of gallons of water. Aquariums contain tens of gallons of water. If you take the time to filter through all of the ramblings, you will see that he actually recommends using an algae scrubber plus a "prefilter" which is pretty much a bio filter. He basically contradicts himself. I don't have a link to the article, but I have read that in testing, tanks with only
an algae scrubber develop discolored water.
I would believe that an algae scrubber makes a great supplemental
filter (in addition to a cannister) to add to fully stocked planted tank or a tank with no plants (tanks with lots of excess nutrients). A lightly stocked heavily planted tank probably won't benefit from having a load of algae in the algae scrubber to compete with.
Again, I believe these are valid and legit products, but as long as that website is designed the way it is, it will never gain acceptance.
Do some googling for "algae scrubber" and you will find some
articles validating these products.
- And if you look at the post above mine from Dob, he also has no idea how to run
a business as well... buyers should avoid him.