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post #1 of 4 Old 11-19-2010, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Will filter activated carbon remove the liquid plant ferts I add to my tank?

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-19-2010, 07:16 PM
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Yes it will remove certain ingredients that the plants need so just use a plain filter pad, I'm sure byron can elaborate more on this.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-20-2010, 05:50 PM
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Yes. Carbon will adsorb [not absorb] various nutrients. Planted tanks should have filtration mainly by the plants, that's what they do best. Filters we use are only needed for water movement through media/pads to remove particulate matter. Never chemical filtration unless it is specifically required (example to remove medications after treatment).

Having said that, carbon only lasts a limited time so eventually it is useless as "carbon" anyway; but as it is not needed (with plants), don't use it.

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Yes. Carbon will adsorb [not absorb] various nutrients. Planted tanks should have filtration mainly by the plants, that's what they do best. Filters we use are only needed for water movement through media/pads to remove particulate matter. Never chemical filtration unless it is specifically required (example to remove medications after treatment).

Having said that, carbon only lasts a limited time so eventually it is useless as "carbon" anyway; but as it is not needed (with plants), don't use it.

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That's waht I thought, thanks for confirming my beliefs. I added it to my betta tank which isn't planted.

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