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Old 02-22-2004, 08:28 PM   #11
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Water parameters...the basic ones are ammonia, ph, nitrites, and nitrates. It can get a bit more advanced...but those are the basics.

You can get Salifert test kits on line relatively inexpensively. They are well worth the investment for the long term serious hobbyist. At least get the basic ones...



If your ammonia and trites are down, and your 5 weeks into it, I would think he is right...its prob just residue from the carbon. Usually after washing it, you wont see the haze, but maybe you missed some.


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Old 02-22-2004, 08:32 PM   #12
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There should also be a gray basket to put the media of your choice in, you can always buy a jar of GAC and add it to that, it tends to be less expensive.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! Yes there is an empty Grey Basket! Great idea! Now that I see that option - Do you recommend using any other media in that grey basket?
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I dont understand what "water parameters" mean.

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Parameters...ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, ph. There can be more, but those are the basics.
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:48 PM   #14
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Do you recommend using any other media in that grey basket?
There are many options, but the only thing I use is cabon, I use the Marineland Black diamond, but I get it from walmart (there aquatech brand is the black diamond carbon packaged specifically for walmart by marineland) and it's about half the price of Black Diamond GAC in the LFS
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Do you recommend using any other media in that grey basket?
There are many options, but the only thing I use is cabon, I use the Marineland Black diamond, but I get it from walmart (there aquatech brand is the black diamond carbon packaged specifically for walmart by marineland) and it's about half the price of Black Diamond GAC in the LFS
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:10 PM   #16
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I use the Marineland Black diamond, but I get it from walmart (there aquatech brand is the black diamond carbon packaged specifically for walmart by marineland) and it's about half the price of Black Diamond GAC in the LFS
I didn't know that!!! I have been purchasing the large containers of Black Diamond online for a while now... Next time I am in Wal-Mart I will be heading to the fish aisle.
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Is there such a thing as "too much carbon"? If I use the Carbon Filter AND fill the empty Grey Basket with GAC is that too much?
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Is there such a thing as "too much carbon"? If I use the Carbon Filter AND fill the empty Grey Basket with GAC is that too much?
Depends on how you look at it. There is really no such thing as too much carbon (within reason of course) insofar as it being detrimental to the system. However, you can have so much carbon in the system that adding more has no more desirable effects. In other words, you are just wasting money...

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OK I figured out what was making my Tank slightly hazy. Since I have Live Sand - the Filter was slightly lifting the sand and made my water look hazy. I lowered the sucking power of the filter and WOW!!!!! Its like Crystal clear now!

and I just bought a Red Apple! WOW Its gorgeous!
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Wait...you put a Red Sea Apple in a bran new tank? Hopefully you wont have problems, but when those things die, they can take out a whole tank. They excerete a toxin that kills everything. I personally saw one apple take out a whole wall unit at a pet store I was working at (long time ago). Its not pretty....

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