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I personally believe that there are 3 ways to have water that is as transparent as air.. as if it's not there.

In addition to what JanS said:
1. One must ensure that the bacteria works at their best.
That means a lot of Oxygen in the water. Yes Oxygen, not CO2 :)
To me the best way to add Oxygen is to make the plants produce it. Which means CO2 and proper fertilizing.

2. Use of fine filter pads in the filter.
If it is feasable - a micron filter. Magnum HOB or a unit that is connected inline with the canister filter so the coarser debries don't clog the micron cartridge in 2-3 days.

3. UV
A sterilizer breaks up everything that is floating in the water. Microscopic floating particles (algae, debries) make the water appear less than totally clear. A sterilizer has a very small "polishing" effect on the water but it's effect is not to be underestimated.

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