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Activated Carbon?

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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 06:20 am
What is activated carbon use for inside the filter? I am using water conditional such as Amquel would the activated carbon render the conditional useless? How long can the activated carbon be use before it must be change? My tank is 4 feet long. Its height and width is 18 inches and i currently having 7 malawi lake cichlid in my tank



Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 07:26 am
Activated carbon removes some impurities from the water(ie some minerals). If you are using medications it will also remove them! I don't believe it affects the Amquel, but carbon is not really necessary and I have some friends that say it can cause HITH in Oscars??? I really don't have verification on that, but I no longer use carbon except to pull out the meds from my tanks after my fish have finished being treated for something.Kick or Jeff may have better info on everything it will remove.



Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 08:19 am
Carbon also helps remove chlorine, and "fishy" smells (and other smells) from the water. I was told you should always use carbon for filtering (except when medicating).




Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 08:40 am
There are pros and cons to this wonderful additive. I know of folks who have never put one ounce of carbon in their filters and have pristine tank water and very healthy fish. A sponge filter is their only source of filtration and they use biowheels for bacteria colonization and added circulation. The carbon is used to remove impurities, however, if the tank is cycled, the bacteria is supposed to do the same thing. It is a matter of choice.

Carbon will stay activated anywhere from two weeks to a month, so if you think carbon is beneficial in your tank, then it must be changed. I have carbon in my tanks but only change the filters about every 2 to 3 months so basically, I really don't use that much. It just happens to be inside my premade filters that are used in my equipment.



Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 12:29 pm
Oh no my S peacock is being chased by almost everyone in the tank. Poor guy he really lost quite a bit of colour and when i fed them dry shrimps, the S peacock stand a distance away and watch not daring to approached the feeding frenzy. I am really thinking of giving him back to the fish shop.



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