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What's the secret to crystal clear water?

As the title asks, what's the secret to crystal clear water in a planted tank?

-Filter floss changed weekly
-uv sterilizer
-Purigen
-Flow
-Plants

What methods do you use to achieve stunningly clear water?
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Purigen and water changes.
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Water changes
Cleaning the tank panes inside and out!
Good water movement/filtration so little stuff gets into the filter quickly


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Hello Ty...

The secret is removing and replacing half the tank water every week and using a cut to fit poly fiber that attracts and holds the tiny floating particles that tend to cloud the water. The ammonia medium from Acurel is the best I've used.

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35-50% weekly water changes. Bi-weekly depending on load.

Magnum HOT.

Purigen.

In that order. Crystal clear every time.

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A 5 micron layer in canister filter will immediately clear all water.
Reflux incorporated in canister design will also provide dual polishing.
Everyday 5 micron use is not practical but when really dirty.


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I just take my glasses off and it turns my water crystal clear every time!
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I just take my glasses off and it turns my water crystal clear every time!
Good one, Dead!

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I just take my glasses off and it turns my water crystal clear every time!
It does! Also a great algicide.


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- Large, frequent wcs, with substrate vac & tank glass wipe down each time
- Use of Purigen 24/7
- Use of double-layered filter floss, replaced every 2nd week
- Use of fine mesh pre-filter on filter intake(s), rinsed every 2nd or 3rd day
- UV sterilizer helps out too, if you have one
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Weekly 50% water changes and about 2 1/2" of filter floss in the canister. I can easily read a newspaper through 3 feet of water.

I believe a contributing factor was getting the Flourite Onyx sand extremely clean before introducing it into the tank. I spent close to 12 hours cleaning two bags of it. Not a fun way to spend nearly an entire weekend but it seems to have paid off. I can stir up the substrate and it will fall completely clear in about 3 seconds flat.
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IMO it has to be waterchanges(sounds like many agree).
If you need to do any other maintenance every week it just doesn't sound right?
I like micron pads in my sump drawers(cleaned every 2-4 weeks)
I like and have used purigen(good stuff)
Some claim UV adds a "sparkle",they crank it with high power(light) medium flow.
Believe it or not I think I get WAY less algae of any kind on glass using gluteralhyde.
I don't even clean front glass every week anymore.
My breeder fry tanks are all air driven sponge filters and none tested over 5-10 nitrates today,before waterchanges.
Waterchanges #1!

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What's the best way to clean the glass? I've always figured razor blade, but it makes me nervous about potential scratches?
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When I use to change the water weekly it was always clear.


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Interesting! Thanks for all your input.

I do weekly 50% water changes and recently I've added an extra layer of weekly replaced filter floss in my canister. I also use Purigen 24/7. My tank is pretty clear and I'm pretty happy with it.

Here is a picture down the side of my 6 foot tank showing its clarity:

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