What causes the brown diatoms?

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    Amba Ol' Salty VIP Member

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    You should try chemipure elite. I believe some cheaper carbons leech into the water, and chemipure actually has GFO in it to reduce phosphates. Chemipure is only a couple bucks for a small bag, it keeps my nano crystal clear.
     
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    Cool, i'll look for it.
     
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    It's awesome it will definitely help.
     
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    Well, after replacing the media basket with a new one from inTank and using chemipure and purigen, my dinos are pretty much gone!

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    Awesome news !!! Glad that worked out for you.


    That basket really forces the water THROUGH the media , not just around it.
     
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    Yeah, thanks Bryan. Great suggestion. :)

    Had a couple questions though... how often would you replace the media? And for now I just rinsed off the oem sponge and put that in the basket instead of floss. I assume that should be rinsed periodically like when doing water changes? Rinse it in the bucket of old water?
     
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    Yes just rinse in water change water to prevent killing off bacteria.

    Purigen changes color to an almost dark brown. It can be regenerated with a bleach water solution, but I never trust myself to do that so I just replace it when it looks exhausted.

    Chemi-pure , I replace every 3 months. I have heard of 6 months, but I have never gone that long. I have also heard monthly, but that could get a little pricey
     
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    Spoke to soon!
    It's coming back.
    And the purigen still looks almost white.
     
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