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Old 07-26-2004, 11:26 AM   #11
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I've had luck using the coralife pelletized GAC. Its larger size helps keep it in the Prizm's basket. I've tried other brands of regular carbon but more would end up floating out into the tank. It probably wouldn't hurt to run some poly floss in the basket for an hour or so just to clear up particles, but over the long haul I would use carbon 24/7.

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If you perform appropriate water changes, i.e. 5% or so a week, there is no way that your ever going to add anything that can strip all the goodies out of your water. Regular, partial water changes keep everything in proper supply save the CA and dKH which still likely need an additive of some sort. I can assure you that running GAC 24/7 partnered with good husbandry will not have any adverse effects, it will be quite the opposite. Good luck!!

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Old 07-26-2004, 02:10 PM   #13
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great advice.. thanks alot guys! i will let you all know what happens with what i get.

jackdp do you know of a good place online to order the coralife GAC pellets? and do i also need to purchase a little bag to put the pellets in? or do i just drop the pellets in the prizm basket?

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Every living thing contains Phosphates. Because trees were once alive, the carbon contains Phosphates. It's not a good idea to get cheap when it comes to carbon. Yes, most carbon is coming from most of the same sources but carbon is customised based on application and price level.

It's a good idea to soak your carbon in RO/DI water for a couple of days before adding it to the tank. The RO/DI water will act like a magnet and pull most of the Phosphates out of the carbon. I see people all over the boards saying that GAC absorbs Phosphates and eventually re-releases them. This is not true. The Phosphates were there from the get-go and the leaching is the worst when the carbon is brand new not after it has been in the tank for a while.

Most carbons for aquaria use are no longer washed in phosphoric acid. However, the more expensive acid washed ones typically contain less Phosphates.



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