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Old 10-31-2004, 09:32 PM   #21
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Some people say to run carbon for 4 days a month, some to run all the time but replace each week, others to run all the time but replace each month, etc. :P

I'd like to get my money out of it, but don't want to have ANY chance of it causing any problems or leeching back into the tank etc. What's the best time-frame I should use for the carbon? Would you definitely recommend running it all the time?

How has the wool improved your water RocketSeason?
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Old 10-31-2004, 09:50 PM   #22
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Any kind of wool or foam pads act to remove larger particles from the water column. They are beneficial as long as you clean them often(as previously stated they can be a nitrate factory if left too long) basically it's up to you. The amount of stuff I clean out of mine makes me think it is beneficial to have it.
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Old 11-01-2004, 12:06 AM   #23
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i really think its beneficial too, i rinse mine weekly, it really only takes a second to do. i also run my carbon for 4 days.
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Old 11-01-2004, 03:28 AM   #24
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I'd like to get my money out of it, but don't want to have ANY chance of it causing any problems or leeching back into the tank etc. What's the best time-frame I should use for the carbon? Would you definitely recommend running it all the time?
If you buy a quality carbon you shouldn't have problems leaving it in for a month, in the end its how much you want to spend & how much time you want to spend changing it?

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The wool is rinsed in used SW then I guess?

Shelton: I'll leave it in for a week and only run for a week a month I reckon.

You agree with that? :P
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The wool is rinsed in used SW then I guess?

Shelton: I'll leave it in for a week and only run for a week a month I reckon.

You agree with that? :P
Hehehehe, as I said you can run it for as long or as little as you like, ask 50 different users on here the wsame & I bet you'd get atleast 10 differenent times/amounts, try it at a week, see what difference it makes to your water & then you can always adjust it up or down from there

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How will I tell what difference it makes? Nitrates are at 0, as are phosphates etc.

BTW, re. wool/carbon - will these not take out some DOC that the corals will eat?
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Is the wool rinsed in used SW?
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Old 11-01-2004, 08:04 PM   #29
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I run my carbon for a month in my sump when I use it. I don't run it all the time just when I have folks coming over to polish the water. Everyone I know in my club if they run it they leave it in for a month. if you dont mind the work then change it, just figured leaving it in longer would save a few bucks over a years time.
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Do you use wool too? :P
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