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Old 04-27-2007, 06:01 PM   #1
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Charcoal in planted tanks

Just wondering if anyone uses charcoal in thier filters? If not, why not?
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Old 04-27-2007, 06:42 PM   #2
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I don't. I don't feel it necessary. I rely on a Magnum micron filter, water changes, and the plants for clarity and use floss for mechanical filtration.
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Carbon's pores would quite possibly be filled almost instantly with organics (Guess)

Most people don't use it as it absorbs nutrients (and it's not necessary)
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No, don't use the stuff. I have no reason to.
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:21 PM   #5
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Most people don't use it as it absorbs nutrients (and it's not necessary)
Thats what I have heard. I don't use it myself. I usually cut it out of the filter cartridges.
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:01 PM   #6
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I use bio-chem zorb
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I use activated carbon, I used to not use it but my tank stayed yellow from tannins
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I use it based on D. Walsteads' findings... I use a small amount, and I had a HUGE drop in green surface algae, and my plants don't seem bothered one bit.
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Charcoal has more negatives than positives IMO
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actually plantbrain says it is a good tool if you are trying to recover from an algae break out.. and I'm about to move some back IN to my tank for that reason..
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hi,

I had some active carbon supplied with my filter but changed it out a few days ago.

The massive amount of bog wood i stuck in my tank was making the water really dark (which i liked for a bit) but wasnt clearing at all with water changes (will probably take another 6 months for all the tannins to leach out).

After sticking in the bio-chem zorb instead the water was crystal clear by the next morning. Its like looking at a whole new tank.

I'd be interested to know of any negative effects I might get from using the bio-chem, since i'm planting heavily and trying to get a decent dosing schedule worked out.

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