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Old 02-22-2004, 05:39 PM   #1
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I just finished setting up my very first Saltwater Fish Tank. I hope the attached pictures come out OK. I am using the Emperor 280 Bio Wheel Filtration System and was wondering if it was harmful in any way to use the Black Diamond Activated Carbon Filters that came with the System. From what I understand many use this Brand Filtration System for Freshwater and I wanted to know if Activated Carbon was harmful to anything in a saltwater fish tank.
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Carbon is definately benificial in a saltwater tank. There are different opinions on how long you can leave it in. Some say it is inhert after 2 days...others say a week or a month. Some say that it will leech toxins back into the water after a certain point...others disagree. I personally have seen on evidence to back up any of the time frames, but usually leave mine in about a week before changing it out. Carbon is used to pull everything from toxins to meds out of the water. Its also very effective at polishing and removing the yellow tent from the column.

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Old 02-22-2004, 06:00 PM   #3
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Carbon is definately benificial in a saltwater tank. There are different opinions on how long you can leave it in. Some say it is inhert after 2 days...others say a week or a month. Some say that it will leech toxins back into the water after a certain point...others disagree. I personally have seen on evidence to back up any of the time frames, but usually leave mine in about a week before changing it out. Carbon is used to pull everything from toxins to meds out of the water. Its also very effective at polishing and removing the yellow tent from the column.

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OK the reason why I ask is because before I put in the Carbon Filter - my water was crystal clear - as you can see from the photos I now have a slight haze - which I asume will go away in time.
Speaking of time frame - the box actually states to change the Carbon filter every month - after 4 weeks the carbon is useless according to the package inserts.
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The haze....maybe I should have asked this to start with, but how old is your tank? Did you cycle it?

What are your water parameters?
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as you can see from the photos I now have a slight haze - which I asume will go away in time.
Did you rinse the carbon under cold tap water before putting it in the filter? May have got some carbon dust in the tank if you didn't. It will settle in time.

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Speaking of time frame - the box actually states to change the Carbon filter every month - after 4 weeks the carbon is useless according to the package inserts.
I actually change mine every two weeks instead of four. Some people change it every week. I think four is pretty much the maximum for carbon, IMO.
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The haze....maybe I should have asked this to start with, but how old is your tank? Did you cycle it?

What are your water parameters?
The tank is going on 5 weks old.
I just brought my water to the fish store and they told me to wait 2 more weeks before I buy anything. When they tested the water the ONLY item of of whack was the PH - and the guy at the fish store told me that this was still only slightly high and common place for the cycle to complete.

I dont understand what "water parameters" mean.

I didnt buy a "test kit" cause they start at $60.00 and also since the fish store is literally 5 mins away - I figured let me abuse THIER test kits as much as I need to So I test my water every Sunday as a habit. The ONLY test I did buy was the Salt Water thingy.
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Did you rinse the carbon under cold tap water before putting it in the filter? May have got some carbon dust in the tank if you didn't. It will settle in time.

I actually change mine every two weeks instead of four. Some people change it every week. I think four is pretty much the maximum for carbon, IMO.
First I was taken back by the "Welcome to AA" - I thought I was in Drug rehab! 8O

2nd - No stupid me didnt READ the package that says "SHAKE AND RUN UNDER COLD WATER So I hope haze goes down soon

3rd - Oh my 2 Weeks! changing Carbon Filter every two weeks would be very costly. A 2 pack costs $14.00!!! 8O
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To save on costs--look around, including online. Many people like bigalsonline.com and I have bought off eBay. There are MANY more places to look for good deals.
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There should also be a gray basket to put the media of your choice in, you can always buy a jar of GAC and add it to that, it tends to be less expensive.
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