I would like to revisit a great little product that
I use regularly called AquaMaxx UltraMaxx AIO. I like to think of this product as
activated carbon on steroids.
|Filter bag and zip tie included|
The recipe starts with a high-end activated carbon then additional resins are added to help remove phosphates, silicates, nitrates and other organics.
|The various resins mixed in with activated carbon|
It is not a magical product that will eliminate water changes and make your corals double in size overnight. However, it does offer several benefits:
- It helps to keep your water crystal clear, which improves light penetration so your corals get more light. Plus, you get to look at and enjoy a cleaner tank!
- It helps lower your nutrient levels which in turn reduces nuisance algae growth.
- It absorbs chemicals released by corals which helps reduce the chemical warefare between corals.
|Just pour the media into the bag & tie it up|
UltraMaxx AIO is working great in my 34-gallon Solana aquarium, keeping the water clean and clear. This tank is currently skimmer-less, so the additional phosphate, nitrate and organic absorption resins are very helpful in keep nuisance algae at bay.
On larger aquariums or systems with a heavy bio-load, it would be more effective to use activated carbon and GFO in separate media reactors in conjunction with a protein skimmer. For smaller aquariums with a low to medium bioloads, the AquaMaxx UltraMaxx AIO is a great option!
|Give it a quick rinse to get rid of carbon dust|
|Into the tank it goes then I'm set for another 2-3 months! |
Here you can see my clownfish hosting experiment as well.