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Old 09-16-2004, 08:39 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I'd have to say..

Jungle Products Fizz Factory CO2 system..

Not only was it bulky and ugly in the tank, it didn't really seem to work at all. At least it came with a half way decent book on aquatic plants.
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Old 12-29-2004, 06:28 PM   #32 (permalink)
 
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Wow... i've bought alot of junk.
Top 3 are:
Seachem's Fe test (worthless as far as i'm concerned)
Fluval 304(threw it away after a few years...PITA)
Kent's pro scraper

Flip side, best items i bought are:
PMDD supplies from greg watson
SAE's
Emperor 400 (works great for me, i don't understand how it's coumter productive for planted tanks)
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Old 05-23-2006, 01:22 AM   #33 (permalink)
 
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The worst aquarium purchase I made is buying the cheapest Malaysian and the cheapest China made airpumps! My advice is DON'T ! Spend a bit more and get something worthy and reliable. Ever since I won't buy something that the dealer himself wouldn't use himself.
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Oops..I also forgotten to also say that one of the worst aquarium product I ever bought was RED SEA marine salt. I have been using Sera marine salt and also Instant Ocean without any problems at all (for 4 years) before that. The dealer was having some specials and so I tried the RED SEA product with many corals dying after a couple of days. It was definitely the RED SEA salt that affected my marine aquarium.
Then I came across the much talked about "SF15 report" from AquaCraft Inc which revealed that independent university testing showed a high number of RED SEA marine salt batches bought for testing to have poor formula mixing and quality variations! Never again will I even take a chance on such shoddy products. Mind you, the packaging was beautiful if nothing else.
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Old 05-23-2006, 06:12 AM   #35 (permalink)
 
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VHO ballast kit. I figured I'd save money by just overdriving standard tubes. The standard tubes are cheap, but overdriving fries them in about 6 months, so you have to buy 3 tubes for every CF bulb. And overdriving the bulbs generated almost as much heat as a MH system.

55 gallon tank. Ok, I didn't buy it (it was given to me) but this has got to be one of the worst tanks, gallon for gallon, to use for planted aquaria. It's only 12 inches deep, and way too tall.
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Old 05-23-2006, 10:15 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Carbo-Plus CO2 system.
('nuff said)
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:18 PM   #37 (permalink)
 
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Worst planted tank purchase I made was a Dennerle substrate heating cable. Nowt wrong with the brand-they make some good stuff, but heating cables are rubbish. I turned it off and I swear the Crypts perked up. Dennerle ones are probably some of the most expensive you can by. I think heating cables are in general are rubbish and would never bother with them again.

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Old 05-26-2006, 03:24 PM   #38 (permalink)
 
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An aquarium starter kit. The only origional piece of equimpment I have from the kit 8 months later is the tank. I have replaced the filter, heater, hood, and light (the new light was my second worst purchase. I wish I new about AHsupply).
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A $12 bottle of cycle from the LFS. Apparantly it's suppose to add benifical bacteria that improve fish health and cycle the tank and such.
I didn't actually consider that bacteria probably didn't sit in a bottle at room temperature for 6 weeks.
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Marc Weiss' Living Water Vital is one I recall vividly.
pH controllers
Heating cables

I really have few things I brought that where regretable.

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