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Old 02-07-2005, 11:21 PM   #1
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Does everyone run activated carbon?

I haven't run AC...so I thought I would throw that question out there.
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:22 PM   #2
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Neither have I. Never seen a need, especially with the UV.
I run a PO4 sponge once a month and keep a poyfilter in all the time, but thats about it.
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:23 PM   #3
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I run it occasionally since I have not gotten the uv yet. I don't run it constantly though. It does keep the water polished up though.
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:27 PM   #4
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I recently started a sump with caulerpa and have starrted to us it because I was seeing some yellowing of the water. Not on a regular basis though. They say it has a pretty short life span and then it's just un-activated nitrate trap!
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I run carbon and/or chemi-pure 24-7
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:40 PM   #6
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I have the chemi-pure in the 20g tank but only because there is no skimmer on that tank.
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:43 PM   #7
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I run AC pretty much 24/7. I have a mixture of corals (soft,lps and sps) so it helps with any warfare that might be happening.
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I run AC pretty much 24/7. I have a mixture of corals (soft,lps and sps) so it helps with any warfare that might be happening.
Warfare?
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Chemical warfare. Corals fend off other corals with chemicals that inhibit each other. That is actually the reason that I asked the question. My Xenia isn't looking so good of late, yet I'm confident that my water conditions are better than they've ever been.

So I started thinking about chemical warfare and AC.
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Well then maybe I should start running it all the time. I have several different varieties also. I do regular water changes so I don't have to worry about stripping out my trace elements.
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