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Old 09-11-2011, 02:21 AM   #1
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running carbon....

whats the best possible way to run carbon in my sump, without using a reactor?

how do you run carbon?

or should i even run carbon?
my tank is a 55 gal with a 30 gal sump/fuge
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You should have a reason to run carbon, coral toxins from a densely packed tank, water clarity, etc. Otherwise it isn't necessary. If so, it should be in a mesh bag in a high flow area of the sump. A filter canister designed for carbon, or a reactor is a better way to go if available. Some folks don't run carbon (or at least some brands) because it can cause disease in Tangs. I run carbon because of a packed coral population, but I run a pellet version that I rise very thoroughly before use to reduce carbon dust. My Tangs have not shown any problem after several decades of use.
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:31 AM   #3
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Carbon can cause diseases in tangs? Why only tangs lol
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Cuz carbons all "tangs are too cool, DIE!"
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:10 AM   #5
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i do weekly water changes on the 180 about 40 gal. and havent used carbon in a year with no adverse results.i do have purigen in the sump.didnt know about the carbon and tang issue and i have three of them so if that is the case i am feeling relieved.
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Carbon is only "thought" to be one possible cause of HLLE in tangs and angels,,its not proven at all...There is a fairly new study about it ,but still not solid evidence ...
Run chemi-pure if you think you need to run something
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I have seen cases that demonstrate carbon as a cause of HLLE in freshwater fish, but this is rare. In marine fish it is well demonstrated to be a dietary issue.

Carbon can remove trace elements and micronutrients, which are both vital to fish and corals. Many people report their corals and plants (in planted tanks) doing better without carbon filtration. However, this is only if the tank is running so well that those trace elements and micronutrients are the limiting factor in the tank. There is always a limiting factor, but in most tanks it is not these things. In the tanks where these are not the limiting factor I think carbon is worth running, but still not essential. Most of the issues that carbon takes care of can be better handled with water changes.
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Activated Carbon: HLLE Smoking Gun Found | Coral Magazine
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I saw that too cc,,then i read this ,,kinda agree with boomer on this one
HLLE and Activated Carbon
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Both informative articles. This is why a well-written, 'well' researched article may not be. If you look hard enough you can find flaws in almost every scientific research article out there. I did this in college and it is amazing how flawed actual scientists published in peer-reviewed journals can be.
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