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About a year ago we at EcoSystem set up four identical reef aquariums, each of which was run on a different filtration system methodology. We posted photos of these tanks every couple of months, so you can see how each tank has progressed over time. From photos that were recently taken, it is clear that there are some significant differences in how the tanks have progressed. Nuisance algae has grown significantly more in the tank using the Berlin system relative to the other aquariums using different systems. This same finding validates what Tom Frakes observed in his comparison of these methods in the SeaScope article in 2000, after he had done an 18-month comparative study.

 The best coral growth is seen in the tanks using the EcoSystem Plus methodology (modified Paletta method in which the protein skimmer is run approximately six hours per day). The second most successful system is the one using only the EcoSystem Method (no protein skimmer). The growth rate is slightly slower in the Berlin system and the Paletta method (protein skimmer run 24/7 similar to the Berlin system, but with an additional refugium using 10 pounds of Miracle Mud), but the difference in growth is relatively small. However, it is clear that the Berlin system produced significantly more algae growth than any of the systems using Miracle Mud, as is clearly shown in our latest video.

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In the Fall of 2001, Tom Frakes, published his experiment comparing two reef aquariums side by side. In this Seascope article one used the Berlin method and the other the EcoSystem method. Today, we would like to repeat and expand that study in our EcoSystem Aquarium showroom/laboratory. We have set up four equivalent tanks, each of which uses a separate filtration method. The systems include a Berlin tank, a tank using both a protein skimmer and Miracle Mud ( Paletta method), a modified Paletta method tank where the skimmer is only on for 6 hours each day and a tank using the EcoSystem method. The tanks will house exactly the same corals and fish and utilize the same lighting. Water parameters will be recorded weekly and the health and growth of the fish and corals will be documented both in a log and via pictures and video. We hope this experiment will demonstrate the differences in these systems over time.

You can also follow us in our blog http://www.ecosystemaquarium.com/ as well as some of the experiments we are now working on. Thanks, Leng Sy President/CEO

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