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Old 10-12-2004, 12:15 PM   #1
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Do I need charcoal and all this filtration

I have a 75gal FOWLR and I have 2 aquaclear 500s. One with foam and bio cubes and the other with foam and charcoal. I'm looking at getting a skimmer, maybe a remora pro. Do I need all this, and do I need charcoal?

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How much LR?
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Forgot that.....80lbs LR and 80lbs of LS
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You should be good with just the LR, skimmer and carbon.
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I only run carbon periodically to polish the water.
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Polish the water? What does that exactly mean? Also how long will you run the carbon for and how do you store it when your not using it?
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Polishing the water is just the removal of small particles that can make your water less clear and it will remove any odor. I run it for 2 days and then trash it. AC is only good for about that long in FW or SW.
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How often do you run it. So, leaving charcoal in for a month is a waste since it only last for a couple of days?
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I run it rarely...maybe once a month, but usually every couple. I always have concerns about AC absorbing more than I want it to and removing nutrients I need.
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