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Old 03-09-2011, 02:44 PM   #1
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Carbon Filter

Quick question, On my HOB filter would you recommend a carbon filter on it? I keep hearing its a personal pref. Is there any good or bad I should know about it? Thanks!!
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Carbon is really not needed unless, Removing medicines, Bad odors etc.
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:34 PM   #3
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I have read about running carbon once a month to polish the water too. I don't run carbon unless removing something.
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Yep the way you are thinking about using it might work , But I have read up where some carbon can leach phosphates into your water....I guess it's dependent on the type.
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ok well I just took it out. if its not going to hurt than so be it!
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i've been running carbon filters in mine since i got them, i haven't had any issues thus far and my fish are happy
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Carbon, IMO, is a waste of money if not used for a specific purpose. As previously stated, it is good for removing meds, and also for bad smells. There are a few other situations as well. As far as running on a regular basis, it's doing nothing really, and after about a week, it no longer works and only leeches back the things that it has absorbed.
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Sweet thanks for the info guys!
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who really wants a bad smell coming from their aquariums though. i use it cuz its in my HOB filter cartrages
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Take the cartridge out and load up the bucket part with LR rubble. If needed, cut an aquaclear sponge filter to fit right next to the intake before the LR.
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