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post #1 of 4 Old 07-16-2009, 05:45 AM Thread Starter
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do i need to use a carbon filter? this is another thing everthing i read seems to be different.
what exactally does the carbon filter do?
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-16-2009, 05:55 AM
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Carbon absorbs stench, chemicals and tannins. I don't use carbon unless I want the treatments or tannins removed out of the tank. It is not necessary.

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post #3 of 4 Old 07-16-2009, 08:32 AM
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Agree with Lupin. Also, some plant authorities say that carbon removes nitrates nutrients and should not be used in a planted tank. Carbon certainly removes nitrates, the manufacturers recommend it for this reason, and plants need nitrates and nutrients.

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-16-2009, 12:27 PM
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agree there with Byron, besides carbon looses it's working power after I would say 5 days.


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