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Old 11-27-2010, 10:01 PM   #11
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Yes, I beleive those cartridges do leech out phosphates.

Theres no way for any of us to stop carbon phosphates from leeching back into the tank. But what you could do is limit the amount of it by not buying cheap noname brand carbons.

Ive been doing some research into the Two Little Fishes HydroCarbon 2.Its claims that it emits zero phosphates so i'm a bit skeptical. Im wondering if its better or same quality as the Seachem Matrix Carbon.
Well, I simply replace my Aqueon filter's carts every so often with their brand that works with the model...

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For my tank its taken me approx 4days.
I use to constantly have this film of moss green color algae that would show up 3days after a through clean. Part and partial due to the fact I have an 18k T5 bulb too.
But ever since I added 2 reactors with a phosphate remover and Purigen my water is crystal.
And I can now leave my lights on longer
Nice to know...just want something to get this water polished already!

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The fine mesh sack you're thinking about is whats called a sock.
Usually 100microns is the average thou Seachems sock is higher at 180 microns I think.
Okay -- with regard to these "socks" (which I didn't realize was the term used to describe the "sacks" for media), how do I go about getting some pre-loaded with the Purigen already in there? Does Seachem offer a package that's pre-loaded, ready to drop?

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There is no one 'magic' media that will do it all. Thou Purigen is pretty close. Im highly suggest a phosphate remover along with Purigen for great results.
At any rate, I would add 2 socks/sacks into your canister/HOB. One with a phosphate remover and one with Purigen.
Your results may take longer to achieve than mine (because im using reactors) but when they do come you will be pleased.
Just make sure to clean the entire tank first including the canister before you add the media's.

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Thanks -- I don't know, though, if I am going to have space for two sacks of Purigen in either of my HOBs; if I were to place a sack in the Aqueon filter, which takes the cartridges for media, where would I place it? In place of the cartridges?

And I need to clean the entire tank before adding the Purigen?
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:04 PM   #12
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Okay -- with regard to these "socks" (which I didn't realize was the term used to describe the "sacks" for media), how do I go about getting some pre-loaded with the Purigen already in there? Does Seachem offer a package that's pre-loaded, ready to drop?
Yes they make prepackaged Purigen
SeaChem Purigen Filter Media - 100 mL


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Thanks -- I don't know, though, if I am going to have space for two sacks of Purigen in either of my HOBs; if I were to place a sack in the Aqueon filter, which takes the cartridges for media, where would I place it? In place of the cartridges?
And I need to clean the entire tank before adding the Purigen?
The sock doesnt need to be totally filled to be effective. 4 heaping tablespoons of a good phosphate remover like RowaPhos or PhosGuard will do a 75G tank easily.
I don't know what your HOB looks like so im not sure how much room you have. But its better to have a few tablespoons of it in bags than none at all.
And yes I would do at least some cleaning/scrubbing before I add the media. Your results will be clearly visible sooner if the tank is at least half way already clean.
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Yes they make prepackaged Purigen
SeaChem Purigen Filter Media - 100 mL
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The sock doesnt need to be totally filled to be effective. 4 heaping tablespoons of a good phosphate remover like RowaPhos or PhosGuard will do a 75G tank easily.
I don't know what your HOB looks like so im not sure how much room you have. But its better to have a few tablespoons of it in bags than none at all.
Here's one of my HOBs, the less powerful Aqueon:

http://www.pet-dog-cat-supply-store....f267791299.jpg

Here's the other filter I'm running, an AquaClear 110:

http://www.petmeister.com/usrimage/cat5.gif

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And yes I would do at least some cleaning/scrubbing before I add the media. Your results will be clearly visible sooner if the tank is at least half way already clean.
How crazy do I need to get with cleaning the interior of the tank itself?
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