Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-07-2005, 11:21 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 754
Does everyone run activated carbon?

I haven't run AC...so I thought I would throw that question out there.
__________________

__________________
Brad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 11:22 PM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 5,833
Send a message via Yahoo to quarryshark
Neither have I. Never seen a need, especially with the UV.
I run a PO4 sponge once a month and keep a poyfilter in all the time, but thats about it.
__________________

__________________
quarryshark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 11:23 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: texas
Posts: 1,510
I run it occasionally since I have not gotten the uv yet. I don't run it constantly though. It does keep the water polished up though.
__________________
Good luck! Kat
90 malawia cichlid
55 planted tropical community
https://www.aquarank.com/in.php?id=fishfree
electrikat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 11:27 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: St. Charles Il
Posts: 231
I recently started a sump with caulerpa and have starrted to us it because I was seeing some yellowing of the water. Not on a regular basis though. They say it has a pretty short life span and then it's just un-activated nitrate trap!
__________________
Long Live DIY
55 gal reef
45 gal turtle/fish tank
75 gal planted/cichlid tank
PatM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 11:37 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: PA
Posts: 1,869
Send a message via AIM to jamal-188
I run carbon and/or chemi-pure 24-7
__________________
jamal-188 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 11:40 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: texas
Posts: 1,510
I have the chemi-pure in the 20g tank but only because there is no skimmer on that tank.
__________________
Good luck! Kat
90 malawia cichlid
55 planted tropical community
https://www.aquarank.com/in.php?id=fishfree
electrikat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 11:43 PM   #7
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Indiana USA
Posts: 2,694
I run AC pretty much 24/7. I have a mixture of corals (soft,lps and sps) so it helps with any warfare that might be happening.
__________________
*180 gal Display, 100 gal basement sump, 33 gal refugium, 3x250 MH, 2x160 VHO actinics, zoos, some softies, LPS & lots of acros and other SPS.
*100 gal prop tank plumbed into main system w/ 2x96 PC lights and 1x150 MH,
ellisz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 11:44 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: texas
Posts: 1,510
Quote:
Originally Posted by ellisz
I run AC pretty much 24/7. I have a mixture of corals (soft,lps and sps) so it helps with any warfare that might be happening.
Warfare?
__________________
Good luck! Kat
90 malawia cichlid
55 planted tropical community
https://www.aquarank.com/in.php?id=fishfree
electrikat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 11:55 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 754
Chemical warfare. Corals fend off other corals with chemicals that inhibit each other. That is actually the reason that I asked the question. My Xenia isn't looking so good of late, yet I'm confident that my water conditions are better than they've ever been.

So I started thinking about chemical warfare and AC.
__________________
Brad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 11:58 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: texas
Posts: 1,510
Well then maybe I should start running it all the time. I have several different varieties also. I do regular water changes so I don't have to worry about stripping out my trace elements.
__________________
Good luck! Kat
90 malawia cichlid
55 planted tropical community
https://www.aquarank.com/in.php?id=fishfree
electrikat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2005, 11:59 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
Posts: 47
I had fish only, and ran carbon until I can get a skimmer.
__________________
DaveBeaty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2005, 12:41 AM   #12
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Indiana USA
Posts: 2,694
I have some big leathers and I was told they are bad about releasing chemicals. I have not noticed any effects on my hard corals but I run carbon for that reason.
__________________
*180 gal Display, 100 gal basement sump, 33 gal refugium, 3x250 MH, 2x160 VHO actinics, zoos, some softies, LPS & lots of acros and other SPS.
*100 gal prop tank plumbed into main system w/ 2x96 PC lights and 1x150 MH,
ellisz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2005, 10:20 AM   #13
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Franklin, TN
Posts: 3,967
The problem with AC is it is relatively short lived. I've heard anything from 2-5 days is it's maximum effective life.

I use it to polish my water.
__________________
Bearfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2005, 10:43 AM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
I run carbon about one week a month, sometimes more if needed.
__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2005, 12:06 PM   #15
steve-s
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Chemi pure or Polyfilter 24/7.

Cheers
Steve
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2005, 08:50 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: texas
Posts: 1,510
Polyfilter?
__________________
Good luck! Kat
90 malawia cichlid
55 planted tropical community
https://www.aquarank.com/in.php?id=fishfree
electrikat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2005, 09:39 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: philadelphia. PA.
Posts: 2,679
GAC 24/7 changed every 7 days here.
__________________
Mike
MT79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2005, 09:44 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
MarineFlake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Memphis, Tn
Posts: 816
Its been my experinence that sometimes, just an odd observation based on my 2 tanks, that xenia can get a little wierd looking if there is a severe lack of phos. Remember, animals do use it, you just don't need 5PPM worth of it. Sometimes perfect params can be, well, a little too perfect. I used a RowaPhos on my big tank and ever since the xenia just haven't been the same. At any rate the ac shouldn't hurt anything less you don't change it when you shoud..

GL
__________________
To fail to plan is to plan to fail.
MarineFlake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2005, 11:14 PM   #19
steve-s
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Quote:
Originally Posted by electrikat
Polyfilter?
http://poly-bio-marine.com/polyprod.htm

Cheers
Steve
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2005, 02:36 PM   #20
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Franklin, TN
Posts: 3,967
Side note on the active life I posted about:

I did a test. I ran the AC in my main tank for about two weeks, took it out, rinsed it, and put it in my 10 gal tank. The 10 gal tank (which was slightly yellow tinted from no AC) was cleared in a few hours.

I'm starting to think the active life of AC is longer than what I've read.
__________________

__________________
Bearfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
activated carbon, carbon

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
Activated carbon rollin_22 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 02-25-2006 02:49 AM
What's the best activated carbon to get? rdefino Saltwater Reef Aquaria 16 11-12-2004 09:49 AM
activated carbon kmlong Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 8 09-19-2004 11:17 PM
activated carbon ericosuave Saltwater Reef Aquaria 13 07-26-2004 05:02 PM
Activated Carbon: Yes or No? TygGer Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 8 09-03-2003 02:49 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.