Does Chemi-pure remove trace element?
You do not have to worry about Chemi-pure removing trace elements and being a problem. Chemi-pure does contain some carbon and will remove trace amounts of some elements, but not to the extent where you would see any significant effects on any levels in your aquarium.Will Chemi-pure raise my pH higher than it is now?
Chemi-pure works together with your waters chemistry to safely buffer an improper or low pH. It will not raise your pH from any level, but help keep it at a constant level for your aquarium.Can I open the bag and separate the product to fit into my filter?
No, you should never cut open the bag and separate the product at all. The product ingredients do not mix evenly. If it is separated, you may not get the full benefits of the product as it is designed to do.Where in my filter should I place the product?
Anywhere that you can put the product so it has a substantial flow of water going through the bag will do just fine. If you place in a canister filter, put a little bit of filter floss below and above the product to take up some extra room and give a nice fit.Benefits
- LONGER LIFE - Fish often live three to four times longer than in any other closed system, fresh or marine.
- NECESSARY ORGANISMS - Allowed growth with no danger of pollution.
- REMOVES OFFENSIVE ODORS
- REAL SEA WATER OR ARTIFICIAL
- REMOVES TOXIC ELEMENTS - Including Copper & Phenol
- IMMEDIATE ACCLIMATION - with ravenous appetite
- QUICKER RESPONSES - Neurological reactions like fishes in natural habitat
- FRESHWATER FISHES - of all species thrive
- ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR AFRICAN CICHLIDS & DISCUS
- NO WATER CHANGE NECESSARY - for at least 5 years (length of test only) PERHAPS NEVER!
- CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER - Always sparkling blue-white water
- NO CLEANING - Necessary for health of fish.
- CONSTANT pH - Always within the safe range
- NO OSMOTIC SHOCK - 90% eliminated
- NO ION ANTAGONISM
- ECONOMICAL - Replacement only every six to eight months makes initial cost very low - eliminates expensive water changes - fewer losses.
When fresh water or marine fish and invertebrates are taken from their natural habitat and maintained in a captive condition in an artificial closed system, water quality becomes the most critical factor affecting their health, longevity, and survival. Here is where the aquarium`s life support system, consisting of biological, mechanical, and chemical filtration, working together as an integrated unit, becomes all-important. Unfortunately, water clarity, rather than quality, all too often becomes the most important goal of the individual aquarist. Obviously, optical clarity in the aquarium is certainly desirable from an aesthetic viewpoint and also to pass the all important light penetration and spectrum. However, crystal clear water in the fresh water or marine system does not mean that water quality is at an optimum level. We use micro filtration, diatomaceous earth, chemical filtration, sedimentation, ultraviolet sterilization, ozonization - often used at random, and without regard for what is actually being done to the ability of the water to actually sustain animal life. In many instances, the indiscriminate use of these various components of a life support system negate the good done by the other. Again, the only thing we seem to worry about is whether we have crystal clear water. The clarity is nice, but it does not necessarily represent healthy water - in fact, it can be lethal.
Now, what undoes this natural balance in the aquarium? Excess food, overcrowding, natural contaminants in the air, and a complete misunderstanding of the functions of filtration systems and, especially, a misapplication of those systems and materials.
As we pointed out earlier, we often use various filtration materials without regard for what is actually being done to the ability of the water to sustain animal life. The only thing we seem to worry about is whether or not we have crystal clear water - the latter not necessarily being synonymous with healthy water. It is now generally agreed upon, that a redox/reading within the parameters of 350-400 is the healthiest for invertebrates as well as fishes.
While and empirical approach to aquariology can, to some degree, be successful, a knowledge of the changing conditions in the closed system, based on sound scientific principles and theory, are of utmost importance to the health of your aquatic animals. The closed aquatic system can deteriorate rapidly and, there are always causes and effects of this deterioration. You cannot remedy the cause by concentrating to the exclusion of all else on the effect rather than on the factor, or factors, which cause these effects.
Let`s assume a hypothetical condition wherein we place ourselves in a similar situation as our aquarium inhabitants where we are dependent upon a life support system for our existence. For example, suppose that 100 of us were placed aboard a nuclear submarine for an extended underwater cruise. Here, where there is little room for living quarters, where oxygen must be conserved and unnecessary actions restricted to as great of a degree as possible, we would be expected to be in perfect health at the outset, then we would be totally dependent upon a continuous source of purified air, fresh water, proper food to meet our nutritional requirements, a highly efficient waste disposal system, and proper medical supplies. Given this hypothetical condition, where we have now, for all intents and purposes, changed places with our aquarium in habitants, we are totally dependent upon the life support equipment for our ability not only to stay alive, but to remain healthy. Now, let us take a further hypothetical example, where a small amount of poisonous radioactive contamination is constantly being introduced into the air we are breathing on that submarine. The air may appear to be fresh and pure but the poisonous medium is still there, whether or not we can see it, taste it, or smell it. Now let`s assume that we are being kept alive by the simple expedient of waiting until most of us showed signs of stress and exhaustion and even illness and then changing a portion of the fresh, pure air. We might survive, but our resistance would be depleted slowly but surely, until the continued periods of stress and exhaustion finally led to illness and death. Wouldn`t it have been better to have removed the radioactive contamination from the air before it had these effects upon our health?
The indiscriminate use of various filtration techniques combined with partial water changes can create the same effect upon the inhabitants of our aquariums. And, one of the greatest problems with keeping fresh or salt water fishes and invertebrates in a closed system aquarium is not even recognized by the average aquarist nor, indeed even by the many so-called professionals as existing. This little known condition is called ion antagonism.
Living organic matter, or protoplasm, is able to expand or shrink when under the influence of negative or positively charged ions. Expanded protoplasm is usually under the influence of a negative charge-and is shrunk by a positive charge.
Upsetting this natural negative positive ion balance can have disastrous effects on living organisms in any body of water. Fish eggs and plants are especially sensitive to either fresh or salt water. Fishes tend to be on the verge of shock when the positive ion outnumbers the negative - they are more irritable, restless, nervous, finicky eaters, have shorter life spans - in short, they are not happy fish!
Whereas medical research has termed the positive ion the "suicide" or "unhappy" ion, they have found the negative ion properly termed the "happy" ion. The natural balance between both negative and positive ions are present in air as well as water. In the medical research mentioned, patients were actually subjected to major surgery - using no anesthetic except a flood of a