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post #1 of 4 Old 11-21-2009, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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any thoughs on acurel?

tried this stuff for thre first time today and im amazed to say the least! crystal clear water in a abot 15 mionutes in my 90 gallon does it work and is it safe?
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-22-2009, 04:25 AM
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sounds like one of those things that make the particals clump together,
so they get caught in the filter.
what seems to be the problem with your tank that you needed to use this ?
didn't water changes help ?
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-22-2009, 07:56 AM
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Do you have a list of what's actually in that stuff?

Reading about it here, quote " Do not use with brackish water species in freshwater...We cannot take responsibility for any coincidental loss of livestock which may occur during treatment."
That statement alone by the actual company would make me question that stuff 2x before adding it to my tank.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-22-2009, 11:14 AM
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Don't know this brand, and searching a couple of sites tells me nothing, so I must assume it works as most of these "clarifiers" do by binding together particulate matter so it gets trapped in the filter media.

Problem is, it also binds the gills of the fish in the aquarium. It may only stress them out, or it may cause damage and lead to early demise or other health issues.

Years ago I used such a product and noticed within seconds that all the fish moved to the other end of the aquarium, away from where I had added it. I watched what was going on, then decided to do a major water change. Glad I did; the fish recovered.

Cloudy water is cloudy for a reason; rather than masking the problem, find out what it is and rectify it. Cloudy water, unless it is due to a problem with the nitrification cycle (ammonia, nitrite), will not likely hurt the fish. Which is more than can be said for the clarifiers.


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