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Old 12-30-2004, 04:51 PM   #1
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Should I do it! (removing carbon)

Well, I wanna do something to try and elimate nitrates and increase my skimmers efficentcy. I am sick of my water stewing in its own gunk.

I think that it may be time to remove the carbon from my canister filter.

what do you say?

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Old 12-30-2004, 05:35 PM   #2
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I haven't used carbon for the last 2 months or so and haven't noticed any difference. You should not see a decrease in nitrates unless you replace your carbon infrequently. Your skimmer may be a little more busy.

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Old 12-30-2004, 06:47 PM   #3
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I finally removed my carbon last night. My skimmer is working a little better today. Give it a try - I got tired of changing it every week or so.
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Old 12-30-2004, 09:08 PM   #4
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I run carbon for one week a month. I do notice a difference in skimmer production when I do not have carbon in. I have not noticed a change in nitrates.
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