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ohhh you wanna hear of another stupid mistake...DO NOT buy those penn plax check valves/air filter/POS ...they don't "check" anything....I see water go straight through and into my air pump....
 

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I have used plenty of Red Sea test kits, P04 always worked great. Fe never worked great..... I wonder if it's operator error? Perhaps the color charts were read wrong or something......
Hey Justin,

I only just now saw your comment, and thought I'd explain why I pooped on the RS kits.

Operator error is always a possiblity with me, lol, but it was not the case with the kits I had, and I've never had trouble detecting color variations. My belief is that the kits where old -- sitting on the shelf for who knows how long -- and one or both of the reagents had expired. I think this is probably not an uncommon problem with certain "hobby" kits. My Hach kits come with dry reagents neatly packaged and premeasured, and an expiry is printed on the packs. They aren't cheap but worth every penny IMHO.
 

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For me the worst purchase was a skimmer for a reef tank. I bought a Red Sea Berlin skimmer and it was the most finicky thing I ever had. Then I made an ETS style skimmer and later a tall downdraft and really found out how bad the Red Sea really was as a skimmer. Lucky if it pulled out 20% of what the homemade did.
 

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i would have to sya a large container of jumbo shrimp for my cichlids then i changed over to a new planted tank with a community fish the food is bigger than my fish :D it just sit on the shelf
 

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Humm so many to chose from........

PO4 remover
Plastic plants
Snake oil algae killers are the most hated.

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Tom Barr
 

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Justin Fournier said:
I have used plenty of Red Sea test kits, P04 always worked great. Fe never worked great..... I wonder if it's operator error? Perhaps the color charts were read wrong or something......
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Might have been a bad batch. Thats happens from time to time.

Personally I was FURIOUS when I sent my mom on a trip to the LFS to pick up the ONLY 30" long glass top for 50 miles (I was busy setting up an emergency temp tank for some apple snails) , and it turned out to be 1/8th" window pane glass. Took 2 SECS out of the box for a corner to break. sigh. Learned my lesson!!! Now I dont even LOOK at anything that isnt 1/4". :lol:

Disclaimer: I didnt think to ask on the phone the glass thickness. Although (since it was a petco) I doubt the kid on the phone would have known the answer. I should have thought to ask. (Didnt occure to me when I found out that someone ACTULLY had one....pout...I just ASSUMED that it would be well.......of better quality)
 

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OHHHH JUST THOUGHT OF ONE!!!!! Mom ordered online, a huge master test kit. And when it arrived the dates on the different chems were already outdated. Wish I could remember where she ordered that from. I was like.......They did NOT !!!!! *sigh* :roll:

She also says she doesnt care for her sea clone skimmer. I think it does fine......but she's not sure she likes it so I thought I'd list it. :oops: :)
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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. :mad:
 

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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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Tom Barr
 
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