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Old 10-12-2004, 05:25 PM   #1
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Water polishing??

Was wondering what would be the best way to further polish my water? Currently my setup includes:
120gal
130lbs LR
100-120lbs LS
protien skimmer
fuge with LS and chaeto algae

Does anyone use sand filters anymore? My LFS owner swears by them and says you get awesome water clarity.

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Old 10-12-2004, 05:29 PM   #2
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I have never used nor seen anyone use a sand filter.

Activated Carbon will really help make that water look crystal clear. That is what I run.

You could also run a very fine micron filter on the intake of your overflow or similar area where water flows through. This will catch all the fine particulates that are in the water. However, you will need to clean it often.

Carbon is a better bet IMO.
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Old 10-12-2004, 05:40 PM   #3
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Wher would I put the carbon and what would I put it in? I use an Aquafuge pro from CPR its split into 3 chambers, intake side with the skimmer, middle is the refuge, and the third is the sump(very small if you ask me) which my mag 18 sits in and takes up alot of room. As for the micron bag would it still work if it was completely submerged in water where my overflow enters my Aquafuge?

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The carbon simply needs to be in a high flow area. You can put it in a media bag which can be purchased at the LFS. Some people use pantyhose or cheese cloth as well, but for the price of the media bag (~$2) I just buy those.

My carbon sits right under the output of my overflow in the bottom of my sump. That way every bit of water that passes through the tank, at some point, comes in contact with the carbon. You will need to determine the best place to put the carbon.

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I have found that filters tend to work better when water is being drawn into them rather than being pushed through them (make sense?). In other words, you could try to put the micron sock over the overflow inlet so as water goes into the overflow, it passes through the sock.

I still think you are better with GAC though.
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Cool, I am gonna go for the GAC. I think i'll put it where the refuge water pours into the sump, thanks for your help Biggen.

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Maybe pick up a Emporer 400 ? IT's what I use. tossed the bio wheels and the blue floss filters and filled the baskets with GAC...
Works GREAT...
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