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Yes - Effective on small and large setups 10 35.71%
Kind of..... 10 35.71%
Doesnt do anything in the saltwater aquarium 0 0%
Not really, but..... 5 17.86%
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:01 AM   #1
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Do you use Activated Carbon?

Do you use activated carbon in your setup? State the size of your tank and water change volume in % and frequency.



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I have a 125 gallon reef. I voted "kind of". I dont run it alot but in cases of polishing the water or getting rid of something in the water I will run some. Probably 2 or 3 times a year. Here is a good article on GAC.

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Old 09-10-2009, 07:08 PM   #3
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I, like Mike, voted sometimes. I use carbon everyother water change and I do a PWC once everyother week or twice a month.
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I too voted "kind of" simply because there's nothing in my tank LOL! But I plan to keep it in there just because.
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Old 09-27-2009, 02:06 AM   #5
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25%-50% water changes bi-weekly or monthly, using aggressive/active carbon filtration use, and changing carbon monthly.
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Old 09-27-2009, 03:48 AM   #6
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let mine go for a few months before changing it out... so kind of
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Carbon is saturated after ~5-7 days of use, more so if you feed heavy. after that IMO, it just leaches back into the tank and is basicly a gravel filter collecting nitrates.
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Old 09-27-2009, 05:42 AM   #8
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I found a product that removes organic waste, but Im not too sure how effective it is...

This product can be reactivated endlessly and if it works well, it could replace expensive activated carbon alltogether.

Heres a link to what I bought yesterday as a trial product for my 10 gallon tank.

Seachem. Purigen

http://www.seachem.com/Products/prod...s/Purigen.html

I will test for its effectiveness and see how that compares to Activated Carbon.

If it works as good or better, I will stick with this choice as it does not need to be replaced. It claims that for 1 litre of this product, it will be good for 1000gallons of filtration.
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Purigen is good, but should be treated like carbon in that it should be changed out regularly. I have several of the 100ml bags that I rotate out every 3-4 weeks and recharge. It can't be reactivated endlessly, but will last for many many recharges. You'll know it's done when it doesn't change back to white after recharge, or when it turns brown really quick during use.

For me, I don't really see a difference between it and carbon, but I like the convenience of just swapping bags out and regenerating.
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:38 AM   #10
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I use carbon
I have a 10 gallon tank and do a 50% H20 change weekly
I try to change the carbon weekly but sometimes let it go for 2-4 weeks
I also used chemipure as well but ran out and never got any more
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