Originally Posted by johnmaloney
I think the carbon media in a bag is more effective than the pads. I used to use pads too, but the difference is really noticeable when you switch over.
I'll second this. The same volume of activated carbon vs. A carbonized pad will of course have a lot more carbon and therefore a lot more surface area to react with the dissolved organics to pull them out of suspension.
Keep a close eye on that red slime Cyanobacteria. It can get out of control and smother your rock. Circulation and low nitrates and phosphates are the keys to success. I use a media in a tray at the top of my wet/dry to help keep my phosphates low. PWCs are the best thing I've found for the nitrates.