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Holy green water. I have access to both to help battle some seriously nasty green water in my tank. Black outs and water changes seem to not help.

I would like to clear the problem and THEN address the nutrient issue.

I've read that both diatom filters and UV sterilizers help clear green water. Anyone with experience?
 

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I have both a Vortex Diatom filter, and two UV Sterilizers. If you're just fighting green water, get a nice UV Sterilizer. I own a TurboTwist from Coralife and a JBJ Submariner. They both do a good job, but the TurboTwist did it quicker, largely because it's a bigger unit plumbed straight to my canister filter. If you don't have a canister filter to hook it up to, or you want something that can be moved from tank to tank, the JBJ goes inside the tank and has a builtin powerhead to move the water.

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Awesome. Thank you both for your input! I purchased a TurboTwist UV and will hook it up tonight. Apparently, our area's water tends to have phosphate explosions, so I think it will be good to have on hand for those occasions.

Since I'm new to scary UV sterilizers, does it absolutely need to be hooked to the cannister filter or can it just go straight out w/ a powerhead pump?
 

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Holy green water. I have access to both to help battle some seriously nasty green water in my tank. Black outs and water changes seem to not help.

I would like to clear the problem and THEN address the nutrient issue.

I've read that both diatom filters and UV sterilizers help clear green water. Anyone with experience?
Make it portable, http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/diy/33922-plumbing-portable-uv-sterilizer.html . If you have access to both, use both. UV to kill, diatom to clean......DC
 

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Very interesting link! Thanks for sharing.

I hooked up my UV last night. It's been about...15 hours and I'm seeing a significant difference. It's expensive to be an inpatient person, but worth it so far ;)
 

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Dont hate me for this but i just thought it was funny:

in·pa·tient
–noun
a patient who stays in a hospital while receiving medical care or treatment.

The above quote works with both inpatient and impatient. Like i said, just found it funny. Im in no way a spelling or grammar police.
 

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I have both. If you want to prevent it, use the UV. If you want to get rid of it quickly, use the Diatom. :)
 
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