Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 03-26-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
jlbfish's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 806
Aqua Clear Filters

Is the Charcoal really a waste with the AquaClear Filters? We have 3 2 20's and a 50. One of the 20's has had the same sponge since January. I am worried about changing the sponge with a cycled tank.

How often does the charcoal need to be replaced?

Curious what is the best way with the sponge n stuff?

Squish the old sponge in with the new sponge? And let them run together?

Take the charcoal out and use 2 sponges so one is always 'cycled' at any time?


jlbfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
reefdiver's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: LittleRock
Posts: 1,033
Most of the people don't use charcoal, me included, What I do is get some tank water and rinse the sponge and bio rings and put them back. I do a water change weekly but rinse the media every other week.

reefdiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2012, 09:34 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
Terrance's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Seattle
Posts: 2,577
For a healthy aquarium, charcoal is not needed as long as you do water changes. It can be beneficial for removal of some pollutant, so its not a waste of money. Its benefits does not outweigh the cost.
Kind Regards,
Terrance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2012, 08:23 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
BigJim's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Oak Forest, IL
Posts: 4,388
I only use carbon when I'm trying to remove medications/chemicals from the water.

There's no need to change the sponges. Simply squeeze them out in a bucket of old tank water when you do a PWC. I've been running the same sponges in my filters for a few years now.
ďA man's errors are his portals of discovery.Ē
Guide to The Fishless Cycle Cycling With Fish
My DIY LED Light Fixture
Feel free to PM me directly with questions.
BigJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2012, 01:07 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Cornstar's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: New York City, USA
Posts: 914
Send a message via AIM to Cornstar Send a message via Skype™ to Cornstar
You can save them until you have to use medicine on a tank
"Life is not about how hard you can hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep going"
Cornstar is offline   Reply With Quote

clear, filter, filters

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Florida gar aqua scaping after rocks are done boiling KRAKEN Members Freshwater Tanks Showcase 16 03-26-2012 01:27 PM
Ocean clear filter. Dont know the size. Gman85 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 2 03-26-2012 04:56 AM
Changing Filters Laser Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 1 03-23-2012 09:48 AM
Clear egg looking spot? boadams87 Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 8 03-22-2012 09:50 PM
Live Assorted Aqua Plant Bulbs mozcheez Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 70 03-22-2012 06:05 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:17 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.