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post #11 of 37 Old 01-18-2011, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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I would keep the filter until after the blackout because you do not want to risk a possible mini-cycle due to water changes and gravel vacuuming.
Yeah that makes sense. Thanks for all the advice. :D

I changed about 50% of the water on Monday and plan to start the blackout tomorrow. I should do another 50% water change before I start the blackout right?

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post #12 of 37 Old 01-18-2011, 06:00 PM
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Personally I would wait until after the black out but it would probably be alright to also do one before if you like.

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I woke up this morning and the water was notably less green. It went from around 10% visibility to maybe 70%. I'm wondering if I should continue with the blackout.

Could the algae have just settled? I did turn the light off around 4pm yesterday and didn't turn it back on until 8:30am.

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post #14 of 37 Old 01-19-2011, 10:32 AM
The law of green water is: when you have it and don't want it, it will be almost impossible to get rid of. When you don't it and need it, it will be almost impossible to find and maintain.

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The law of green water is: when you have it and don't want it, it will be almost impossible to get rid of. When you don't it and need it, it will be almost impossible to find and maintain.
Haha, that rule seemingly applies to all aspects of life.

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i would still do the black out as it wont hurt anytihng.. another option that may help is an additional filter for polishing your water... i like to add in a DIY submersible filter....

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i would still do the black out as it wont hurt anytihng.. another option that may help is an additional filter for polishing your water... i like to add in a DIY submersible filter....
Hmmm, what do you mean by polishing my water and how do I go about making a DIY submersible filter and what are its advantages?

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Also, yeah, I'm probably going to still do the blackout.

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post #18 of 37 Old 01-19-2011, 11:38 AM
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ok let start off with advantages
a second filter creates another place for Benificail Bacteria to grow this means that when one filter needs cleaning the other will keep the cleaning going while (the now clean one) re populates with bacteria.
by polishing water i mean to say that you sill filter it more than the normal amount and if you use some really fine media (pads and such) it will come out crystal clear..
now as for making one (DIY means do it your self) there are many ways and many combinations of ways to make them some are as simple as putting a pipe drilled with holes at one end in to a sponge and rinnung an air line in it to lift the water others are much more complex.... over the last few years i have developed a few main types i use and i am going to build an experimental one in the next few weeks (there will be a build thread for it here on the site)
for the moment if you are interested i would suggest going to a video site or Google "DIY filter) and see what comes up again taking a bit of time to research what you want and are able to build///

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ok let start off with advantages
a second filter creates another place for Benificail Bacteria to grow this means that when one filter needs cleaning the other will keep the cleaning going while (the now clean one) re populates with bacteria.
by polishing water i mean to say that you sill filter it more than the normal amount and if you use some really fine media (pads and such) it will come out crystal clear..
now as for making one (DIY means do it your self) there are many ways and many combinations of ways to make them some are as simple as putting a pipe drilled with holes at one end in to a sponge and rinnung an air line in it to lift the water others are much more complex.... over the last few years i have developed a few main types i use and i am going to build an experimental one in the next few weeks (there will be a build thread for it here on the site)
for the moment if you are interested i would suggest going to a video site or Google "DIY filter) and see what comes up again taking a bit of time to research what you want and are able to build///
Oh, I've seen one's similar to the pipe with an airstone at the bottom before. That would be beneficial? Would it count as a second filter?

As for my filter media, I only have sponges in there. They are regular yellow sponges that I took the green bristle pad off of. These have worked flawlessly for me for the past year. But should I leave the bristle pad on?

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nope the sponge type is fine..... i have made some of the air-lift types from containers with various materials in side (gravel, cut up straws, scrubbiers, and batting) with great success....

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