Carbon vs Ozone... Ozone w/ CO2 Scrubber

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I'm thinking about getting an Ozone 'machine'. Currently I don't run Carbon, but I do have particles in my water, film algae takes about a week to make a dent in my glass and there is a slight 'ocean' smell around my tank that the wife hates.

I'm debating either buying a reactor for Carbon, running and changing carbon maybe monthly. Buying an Ozonator and running Ozone with a dryer.


I have low pH currently and am using a CO2 scrubber on my skimmer. Has anyone seen or had success running a CO2 scrubber into a dryer, into an ozonator and then into the skimmer venturi?

My thoughts are that the CO2 scrubber needing moist air will be too much for the dryer to combat, which will decrease the effectiveness/longevity of the ozonator.

Any other thoughts?

Is Ozonator worth the extra cost over a reactor with carbon + changing media?
 

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Ozone will be far better than carbon as far as clarity.

Ozone and carbon can potentially remove more organics than a skimmer. And ozone will remove smells too.

Just got my ozonizer from a pool store. Heres 45 mins of 50-70mg/h. The best carbon didnt even make a dent in this color. Rox .8
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Ozone is a great tool, I'm not sure about running it with a CO2 scrubber though? maybe an expert will chime in, l know that soda lime works better with higher humidity levels and ozone likes dry air, so hooking them in line with eachother maybe a challenge.

Ozone is not only great for eliminating smells and providing spectacular water clarity, it helps raise ORP, which can be great for heavily fed tanks that have trouble maintaining ~ 400mv.
Corals seen to respond well to higher ORP levels. ever notice how corals look their best the following day after a waterchange, esp one that removes a lot of detritus? My belief is this is due to increased ORP, I believe there is literature out there that mentions this correlation as well. Maybe one of Martin Moes books possibly.
 
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I ran both a CO2 scrubber and ozone for a bit. What I did was run the CO2 scrubber in a recirculating manner drawing from the top off the skimmer cup then through the media and into the skimmer. I then added a T fitting between the skimmer cup and scrubber media and pumped ozone into the line Via a small air pump. The media stayed moist because most of the air was drawn from the cup but the ozone generator was only fed air from the air pump which went through a dryer first.
 

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