Originally Posted by mikeymike
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...
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!
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?
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.
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?