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Old 04-18-2011, 10:29 PM   #561
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polyps started to open but it was night time... them opening a good sign?
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:30 PM   #562
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Yea if they were opening that's a good thing
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:37 PM   #563
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good =) cant wait to see them all the way open, shame tho diatoms will ruin the picture
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:08 PM   #564
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Yea they should open fully tomorrow if they already started to open today. The diatoms will pass as long as you don't over feed, keep up with PWC's and you use ro/di water
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What kind of filter do you have on the FW? My FW tanks are usually clear because I have good mechanical and chemical filters. I never even knew that biological filters helped until I started W
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Sorry, didn't mean to double post
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:10 AM   #567
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the onlything my teacher has is a undergravel with carbon so thismorning my polyps are alll open swaying in the current good?
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:23 AM   #568
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A lot of people like the undergravel for fw.
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I did some very quick research because I am unfamiliar with undergravel and found some information that are pretty negative towards this kind of filtration

There is minimal mechanical and chemical filtration from undergravel filtration which might be the cause the water to be cloudy. I believe a decent mechanical and chemical filtration is needed to make your water clear at first since any waste released in the water would take longer to break down due to the small amount of bacteria. Website where I got this info is below

The Undergravel Filter Controversy

I also found out that using carbon with undergravel filtration is bad because the amount of carbon in the cartridges are so small, it only lasts a few days. Also, having carbon on top of the inlets of the undergravel tray would block the flow of water, thus limiting filtration. Website about this is below:

HowStuffWorks "Aquarium Filter Designs: Undergravel Filters"

That was just information I got from the two first websites I got when I googled undergravel filtration so it might be bias
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I dont have experience with it, but i've heard it talked about. It makes sense about the carbon though since there is no way to change it.
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