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    So I recently purchased a new tank and it came with a media bag full of ceramic cylinders which I have used before. I was just wondering if there was any reason not to mix those cylinders with other biological media to encourage healthy filtration?

    There is already a filter cartridge that contains carbon in the filter portion of the tank.


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    You can mix and match all manner of bio media together :)

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    You really don't need the carbon in there, I'd rather have more ceramic media.

    Carbon is useful for removing meds from the tank (if you ever need to medicate it), otherwise pretty useless, IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    You really don't need the carbon in there, I'd rather have more ceramic media.

    Carbon is useful for removing meds from the tank (if you ever need to medicate it), otherwise pretty useless, IMO
    Got the carbon in there to remove the tannin from the driftwood I've got placed in there.
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    I see....tannins are beneficial to your fish, I add botanicals to my tank to encourage staining of the water

    Some people don't like the look of it, though
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    Having activated carbon in your filtration doesn't hurt. Taking it out in order to stuff more ceramics or other bio media is unnecessary. The carbon will help remove dissolved organic compounds in addition to clarifying the water and removing any odors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    I see....tannins are beneficial to your fish, I add botanicals to my tank to encourage staining of the water

    Some people don't like the look of it, though
    I would keep them. However, I have a Betta in there who has brilliant red fins so I'm inclined to keep the water clear to make the most of them.
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    Having more biological media can act as a buffer of not having enough heterotrophic and autotrophic bacteria in the tank. Fish tanks close to being overstocked can exhibit bacterial blooms or ammonia spikes when cleaning some of the biological media or simply changing out the Poly-fil. Carbon will mask issues due to poor tank husbandry, such as too much organic waste being released into the tank, whether it be uneaten food, feeding the fish too much, lack of water changes or not enough cleaning of the substrate. Considering that not all carbon is equal, and amount of organic compounds in every tank varies, the carbon can be used up much sooner than expected; hence negating its usefulness.
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    What you're talking about is relying on ceramics to protect a tank from irresponsible stocking and poor husbandry. Stuffing a kilogram of ceramic media into your filter is not necessary if you are not being grossly negligent of the tank. What I find humorous is how on one hand you defend the use of using lots of ceramics as it works as a safety net for those who aren't responsible with their tanks, then in the next breath say that using carbon will mask the issues of being irresponsible.

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    ...the carbon can be used up much sooner than expected; hence negating its usefulness.
    Soooo....you're saying that because something works and needs being changed out often that is has no usefulness? Activated carbon doesn't work miracles, but it serves a purpose and it performs well. It is dirt cheap and can be changed out just as easily and frequently as batting.

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