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Old 04-09-2009, 01:21 PM   #1
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is activated carbon and poly filters safe to use in a reef setup?

I have had FOWLR for 3 or 4 years now with no problems. I recently switched everything from my 65gal setup to my new 125gal setup. Water quality is fine an everything is in check. But before I start trying corals I wanted to know if it is still safe to run my canister filter with activated carbon and poly filters? Im going to be doing soft corals only as well.

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Certainly. As with your 65g FOWLR you will want to replace the carbon and clean your filter regularly.
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I agree, but I usually run purigen, it lasts longer, does a better job and you can recharge it....
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It's probably even more important to run carbon in a reef setup than a FOWLR. Especially with soft corals. Carbon (or Purigen as roka noted) will help neutralize the normal chemical warfare that goes on between corals in our closed little ecosystems.
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Awesome. From what I was reading I didn't think it would hurt anything. But I wanted to make sure the poly filter (since it removes phosphates) didnt have anything bad in it for the corals too.
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