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Old 05-01-2008, 10:18 AM   #1
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Carbon dust!!!

On some advice I received I placed activated carbon in a filter bag and attached the bag to the drain tube entering my sump. This was supposed to trap anything large as well as filtering the water before it entered my skimmer. Now my whole sump is covered in carbon dust. It has also entered my tank and one side including LR is covered. How dangerous is this and what do I do?I did run water trough the filter bag initially until it ran clear. It seems that the water movement from the drainpipe is causing the AC to rub each other causeing the dust. Upon finding this, I immediately removed the AC, but the damage has been done.The tank currently has no fish, only snails. It is a 58g with 70 lbs of LR.Thanks
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As far as I know, carbon dust really doesn't have any negative effects other than just looking bad. It shouldn't hurt anything but your eyes.
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It will clear up in a few days. At least you learned to rinse out you GAC bags. You`ll be OK.
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I plan on doing a PWC tonight and in the process will clean the sump.
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When rinsing the bag you need to really hit it from all sides and move it around to get all the dust out. I just put mine in my sump in an area of high flow.
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