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Old 11-02-2011, 03:49 PM   #11
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I've fish only(with just one leather,bit of xenia and a few polyps) and have never used carbon in the last few years.I do have some and an old canister filter in case I feel the need for it though.
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:08 PM   #12
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Two of my tanks right now are fish only and I run carbon or chemipure in them as well as my reef setups. I find it keeps the water really crystal clean and I never have any smells or anything, even when I do water changes. I'm also kind of old fashioned and from all my years of freshwater keeping I tend to think it's a good idea. I figure if it isnt' hurting anything and my tanks are the way i like them why change anything?
Sounds like you have a dual personality. Which makes this valuable. Thanks!
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:14 PM   #13
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Based on the research and feedback from all sources that I've looked at (product reviews and other forum...helps get a widest possible view) I'm leaning toward the Purigen. Very highly rated; reusable (a major plus!) and fairly inert insofar as adding anything to the water column from what I can see.

Purigen seems to be a favorite among fish-only fresh, salt, and with reefers. Very inexpensive to buy too.

Thanks guys! Helpful stuff. Getting some today.
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vodka's cheap as well.I have a friend who has been dosing for a while now and swears by it.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:19 PM   #15
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vodka's cheap as well.I have a friend who has been dosing for a while now and swears by it.
I got a donation from someone today for live rock, macroalgae, some substrate, etc. They had switched to vodka awhile back and now swears by it - she's been reefing for 8 yrs. The tank is in an office building...she has the maintenance guy dose with vodka via syringe...lol Too funny...but she swears by it.

I did place one 100ml Purigen bag today between the baffles between the refugium and the return... photo here..but am concerned if the bag tears. No clue where else to place the thing.

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Water takes the path of least resistance. For the most part, it will flow around the bag and not thru it, so it won't really do a whole lot of good like it is.
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Water takes the path of least resistance. For the most part, it will flow around the bag and not thru it, so it won't really do a whole lot of good like it is.
That was my concern too. But do not see where else I can use it.

That said, while I was rinsing it (prior to use, per instructions...use ro/di) Much to my surprise, I observed that even a very small flow (as slows as I could poor from a water jug) did have the water passing over the media.

Not sure if I can add more than one bag (one 100ml bag rated for 100g) without a downside? If I can, then adding one or 2 more would surely 'force' more flow through the media... with the one bag (since late afternoon yesterday) the water is clearer...less tank odor (not that it ws bad, it wasn't)...but maybe the skimmer (3rd day) is starting to have some effect too.

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having more wont really have neg effect
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having more wont really have neg effect
Sounds like a plan.... thank you!
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Water takes the path of least resistance. For the most part, it will flow around the bag and not thru it, so it won't really do a whole lot of good like it is.
Would you happen to know how sound these bags...do they tear easily or are they durable? Wouldn't want the beads loose in the water column.
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