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Old 06-07-2008, 01:55 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Cheap micron filter

Greetings,
I found a relatively inexpensive micron filter in response to my need to get rid of green algae.

Initially, I purchased a 295GPH powerhead and a Hagen Quick Filter attachment, which I had read here worked well to filter algae. Unfortunately, the filter was no where near fine enough to remove the small algae, so I went looking for another type. I found one at Lowes, of all places!

Standard Capacity Replacement Filter

It is a 2 micron filter, and is sold in two packs for $10. It fits directly onto the power head, and all I had to do was plug the other end. I used a large cork.

The filter is really fine, and lowers the flow of the powerhead by probably 80% or more, but in 2 days, my 90G tank was crystal clear! I still have another unused filter for the next time, but I think that with some reverse water pressure, I can clean the used filter.

Total cost was $25 for the powerhead and $10 for the filters.

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thats pretty cool actually. good thing I already need to go to lowes! lol
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I was very surprised myself. I have been fighting green water for probably 5 weeks now. My daughter is very happy that she can see the fish now.

The openings of the filter are larger than a standard cork size, so bear that in mind when getting it. I also tried simply duct taping the opening, and it worked for a day before it pulled loose.

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some things duct tape just can't fix lol I read somewhere on the interent about a guy who duct taped the side of a fish tank to stop a leak. he went on vacation and came home to a totally drained tank LOL
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:06 PM   #5
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Great Idea!

What a great idea....I'm jealous that I didn't think of it myself. I'll be using this tip myself many times. THANKS for a super tip!
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