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Old 10-28-2004, 03:57 PM   #1
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Running carbon

I'm going to start running high-grade carbon when I get my corals. The carbon is in pellets...

I have an external Eheim canister filter, which has 2 media baskets with balls in them.

The top basket has a small filter bag with rowaphos in the middle of it, surrounded by the balls.

And, I'm intending doing the same with the carbon, but in the bottom basket - putting the carbon in a small filter bag and placing it in the middle of the balls.

Will this be ok?
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Old 10-28-2004, 04:35 PM   #2
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should be fine. just remember to replace the carbon on a weekly basis.
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Old 10-28-2004, 05:10 PM   #3
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I'm only going to be running it for 4 days a month

Do you not think filter wool is critical then?

On a side-note, how do I know when my filter needs cleaning? Just a lot of detritus build up inside it?
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Old 10-29-2004, 03:53 PM   #4
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Is filter wool before the carbon critical? I've been told by my LFS that it is, but others haven't mentioned the wool...
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Its good for catching very small particles. I don't know how critical it is...I do not run a filter on my reef tank.
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Someone said that if I run carbon I should use the wool too and rinse the wool every week.

If I don't have to, wouldn't mind skipping it :P
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if i were you i would use the wool, otherwise the large particles will gunk up the carbon and keep it from doing its job optimally. and yes i would rinse it once a week.
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So, where do I put the wool, and how big should it be (and, is rinsing in tapwater ok?)??

As above, I have an external Eheim canister filter, which has 2 media baskets with balls in them.

The top basket has a small filter bag with rowaphos in the middle of it, surrounded by the balls.

And, I'm intending doing the same with the carbon, but in the bottom basket - putting the carbon in a small filter bag and placing it in the middle of the balls.
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The carbon is in pellets btw, if that alters anything.
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