I've recently heard that some people don't use carbon (or any other chemical media) in their filters. 8O Is that really true? It seems that carbon is ubiquitous in this hobby. Every filter sold (ok Whisper filters) comes with carbon. Almost all the beginner info on fish tanks talk about using carbon in filters. Even acknowledging that the carbon is only good for a week at best, it is supposedly a great place to house biological bacteria.
And some people don't use carbon?????
Seriously, a few questions about carbon use:
1. Why don't you use carbon?
2. If you don't use carbon, do you use some other chemical media?
3. If you don't use carbon, how do you keep your ammonia, nitrites in check?
4. Are there setups where carbon is a bad idea?
5. Are there consequences to using carbon? (leaching stuff in water?)
6. Are there consequences to not changing the carbon very often?
7. Do you use carbon for a brief time for say an ammonia spike or to polish the water?
8. Do salt water people use carbon?
9. What would you recommend to someone who is a beginner -- some experience but a beginner with keeping fish with regard to carbon use?
(I have a community tank 15-gal
running for a year and a 30 gal
tank of malawi cichlids -- running for 2 months.)
Thanks in advance.
coolchinchilla. (be sure to drink a lot on these HOT days!)