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Polishing filter

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by DukeNJ, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. DukeNJ

    DukeNJ Lifetime Charter Member
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    Looking for a filter to pull out on occasion, stick tubes in the water and give my big tank and good polishing.

    Tried a mag 250, but wasn't adequate. Any recommendations....vortex diatom, ocean clear....

    Thanks
     
  2. Tom Barr

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    If you can provide a separate loop so the main filter flow does not decline.
    Mech filters clogged really fast.
     
  3. Htomassini

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    Try a mag 250 with the polishing filter and diatomes earth ( from a pool shop )

    It will polish the water crystal clear

    What setup do u have? Size of tank?
    Sump?

    I may have more ideas for you.


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  4. DukeNJ

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    Have a Fluval Osaka 320, about 84g and a Fluval g6 filter. The G6 is strong. Flow is excelent. My tank is heavily planted with a large bio load. I change water only about monthly now rather than the weekly I used to. Parameters are fine and fish healthy.

    I also don't meticulously remove all dying leaves as I used to. With that monthly change I do, but truth is I don't root through all of the java fern for instance, trimming every waning leaf.

    Consequently water is clean, but does have more suspended particles than I'd like. I like easy fiddling and gadgets, so throwing an intake/outflow over the side to add some extra mechanical filtration would be more fun for me than going back to weekly changes and more scissor time.

    That's the scoop. I change the mechanical cartridge of the G6 weekly, sometimes more frequently if flow declines sooner. Flow meters are nice! There's just a lot of particulates in this tank.

    I have a G3 on a 33g tank and it only needs a mech cartridge change monthly if that.

    That's the scoop, no real problems with the tank, I just want crystal clear water and am thinking an occasional polish with a strong temp filter would be the way. The cabinet of the Osaka setup doesnt have space for a larger filter. The G7 is stringer than the Eheim 2076 that I used prior to the G6, so even if G6 was inadequate for this setup/scale options would be limited.

    I did use a magnum 250 with micron cartridge but it really didn't have the throughput to have impact as a temp augmentation.

    The G series have fine mech filtration cartridges that work well, but clog quickly. I hoping to use something that turns over a lot of water and filters finely to "clear" the tank once in a while between water changes.

    Thanks for input.
     
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    What Henry Said

    Hi,

    What Henry said, diatomaceous earth, cheap, effective, as with any filter debris may clog it, but the water out is “polished.”


    Biollante
     
  6. Htomassini

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    The other trick is buying Seachem Purigen. They come in a little mesh bag. In your g6 2 would fit on top of the last micro pad. Purigen is a filter media similar to carbon, but it is synthetic and can be reused many times. It only pulls organic matter out of the water not ferts. Once it is full (turns from white to brown) you recharge it by placing it in a container with 50% water and 50% bleach. Then the next day rinse and place in a container with 10x dosage of Prime. Ive been using this for years and it works very well. I have a 210 discus tank which I feed lots of frozen mysis and bloodworms and it polishes the water. At the store we sell it to a lot of people who have heavy loads and they swear by it. (as a matter of fact I have to order more!) It costs $12.95 and you can reuse them for a long time.
     
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    A large pack of shrimp will shred the larger particulates and make the main filter pick up the smaller stuff.
    Maybe once a month, lightly gravel vac the tank or net out the detritus/old leaves weekly.
     
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