04-06-2007, 05:08 PM
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I used Algone a while back. I bought the big pack for outside ponds, as it says that you can't use too much, and it should last about 4 months....
All it is is some type of organic fiber mixture (maybe dried up peat moss, with some other things)...I think what it does is create a nice bio filter area.
I noticed after a couple of weeks the bag was bloated and covered in a black/grey slime, as I squeezed the air out, it stank like nothing I've ever smelled before....so it was working...on what I still don't know.
Anyway, I have never had an algae bloom, I do 30% changes weekly with R/O water and Prime/Melafix and just enough algae grows on the driftwood and glass to keep my Otos happy....sometimes I have to scrape, but maybe once every 2 months...
In the end, I like it, but I don't know if it's worth buying again......