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  1. #1

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    Default Ditching the carbon


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    A few years ago when I had my first tank (5 years ago or so), I remember reading about peep who don't use activated carbon or similar products and rely only on mechanical media. That's what I've been doing for the past year in my 55g, but now I can't find any information on that. Input anyone?

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    I do not use carbon either. Just biological and mechanical filter media
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    0 Not allowed!
    ditto for me. I had one aquaclear filter where I set up as directed (sponge, carbon, biomedia) and then I forgot about the carbon until the bag disintegrated... what a mess that was.
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    2 Not allowed!
    It is ok to use carbon, some people say it keeps the water more clear with than without, but it is not a necessary part of regular filtration. I haven't used carbon in my filters on a regular basis in many years, but I do have a bunch in my fish supply cabinet and shelves. It is a good idea to always have some on hand though because, along with water changes, it is what we use to remove medications from the water column if necessary.
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    0 Not allowed!
    I don't use it in my fw tank, tho I did run it regularly in my reef tank.

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    I only use carbon to remove medication.
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    I have an old carbon-laced filter sponge in my Juwel filter but it's long been exhausted. I've just left it in as it acts as a good biological filter medium now. I would only add carbon to remove meds. I add a lot of tannins to my tanks so I don't want carbon removing it all.
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    I also only use it to remove meds from the tank but have not needed it for a long time.

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    I have 2 bags of the stuff collecting dust in my fish supply cabinet, only holding onto it in case I need med removal from the tanks in the future.
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    I also only use the sponge and biomedia in my 2 AC110s and will do the same when I set up the canisters for my dual 29 gals. I keep the carbon inserts for medication removal (I have read that carbon is only active for about 2 weeks anyway, then it does nothing to help your water). You can use pillow stuffing (polyfill) to keep your water crystal clear.
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