Activated carbon in filter

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Activated carbon in filter

Unread postby mats » Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:17 am

Hi everyone
Is it advisable to use activated carbon in the filter in a planted tank ?
If so when / at what stage of the growth of the scape ?
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Re: Activated carbon in filter

Unread postby Romi » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:44 pm

Activated carbon gives an excuse to sellers to make an additional margin on a much-hyped but unneccessary product. They wouldnt like it so much if it didnt need regular replacing! Like UV filters, they are superfluous in a balanced and well maintained tank.

Of course, if you are one of those koi fish keepers, or discus keepers, who would rather buy something readymade like they buy dry food, and avoid water changes as far as they can stretch it, they can be useful.

As far as i know you, you need no such thing. ;)

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Re: Activated carbon in filter

Unread postby devchitra » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:59 pm

carbon in planted tank filter is worst.

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Re: Activated carbon in filter

Unread postby jack » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:26 pm

+1 with carbon in planted tank is not a good idea ...
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Re: Activated carbon in filter

Unread postby mats » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:36 pm

Thank you romi, devchitra and jack for the reply
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Re: Activated carbon in filter

Unread postby ishaan » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:37 pm

everyone rejected the use of carbon but no one gave the reason :cnf
carbon can take out ferts from aquarium water and your fert dosing won't be of any use
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Re: Activated carbon in filter

Unread postby Romi » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:52 pm

ishaan wrote:everyone rejected the use of carbon but no one gave the reason :cnf
carbon can take out ferts from aquarium water and your fert dosing won't be of any use


I did it because i felt you needed to do the honours, Ishaan ji. Good job!

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Re: Activated carbon in filter

Unread postby mats » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:10 pm

Is it only the ferts that it will remove ?

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Re: Activated carbon in filter

Unread postby ishaan » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:18 pm

Romi wrote:
ishaan wrote:everyone rejected the use of carbon but no one gave the reason :cnf
carbon can take out ferts from aquarium water and your fert dosing won't be of any use


I did it because i felt you needed to do the honours, Ishaan ji. Good job!

something fishy ^^^^^ :|

mats wrote:Is it only the ferts that it will remove ?

it will remove ferts and you will have to change it regularly i guess these are the main problems for carbon
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Re: Activated carbon in filter

Unread postby sushant » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:37 am

you can use them in the initial phases of the planted tank as it will keep a check on the excess minerals and thus algal growth.
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