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jefe14
09-07-2012, 06:51 PM
I'm going to be adding a skimmer and I think this is a dumb question but will it make my water look clearer ?

Murfman
09-07-2012, 07:49 PM
No. If you have particulate in the water, it is either sand or detritus. The skimmer will take out some of it but in time, bacteria will populate the sand and it will become heavier and sink. Is your flow directed at the sand bed or right on top of it?

freedominco
09-07-2012, 09:24 PM
running carbon will help polish the water, it is best run in a reactor but pry even in a poly bag in a high flow area in your sump.

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Murfman
09-08-2012, 06:44 AM
Easy Carbon reactor buildhttp://s107.photobucket.com/albums/m308/Co_murfman/Carbon%20reactor/

jefe14
09-08-2012, 07:56 AM
No. If you have particulate in the water, it is either sand or detritus. The skimmer will take out some of it but in time, bacteria will populate the sand and it will become heavier and sink. Is your flow directed at the sand bed or right on top of it?

I have the power head pointing upward at the surface of the water my water is clear but has a almost a smoky look to the water

jefe14
09-08-2012, 07:58 AM
running carbon will help polish the water, it is best run in a reactor but pry even in a poly bag in a high flow area in your sump.

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Yeah I have a 10g and run it sumpless I used to add some carbon in my filter but lately it seems like its not working like jt used to

Murfman
09-08-2012, 08:07 AM
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=15434

jefe14
09-08-2012, 08:34 AM
Thanks Paul I'll try these I actually just ordered a fluval c-series HOB filter that should come today so hopefully it will clear the water and Paul do u think I should add a skimmer to my 10 gallon I found a Eshopps PSK-75 that has pretty good reviews and since my tank is a nano would help control the water parameters a little more ?

Murfman
09-08-2012, 08:49 AM
I think you will end up over skimming, if you use that one.

jefe14
09-08-2012, 09:12 AM
Your probably right I might just hold off on the skimmer for now and try the different filter and see of that helps