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Old 04-06-2005, 10:14 PM   #1
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Carbon and saltwater

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Are there any negative effects of using carbon in my tank/filter? Does it filter out any trace elements. Any affect on fish? Thanks..
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Old 04-06-2005, 10:22 PM   #2
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The things that I've heard are that Carbon is not selective on what it filters out, that it will become a nitrate trap if not changed "frequently enough" and that some brands leach PO4 back into the water as a wonderful little surprise for you!

That being said I guess I should go move that carbon out of my sump. I think it's been there for a week now...
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lol i just took my pads out of my penguin and put some leftover poly fiber i had in
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The actual filter pads in the penguins contain so little carbon and last so long, I have a hard time believing that they cause any problems. The filter floss will cause a problem with nitrates first. You should be rinsing them at least weekly.

Carbon does remove trace elements, but of course it removes most chemicals. the good and the bad, so I use it 1 week per month. I use a media bag and let the water flowing out of the overflow flow through it.
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