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post #11 of 14 Old 12-17-2009, 07:11 PM
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Ok im not heavily plants, however i am trying to move more towards it, so i think ill go with a bag of carbon untill i eventually get more plants in it.
I notice I forgot the time issue in my previous response. If you do retain the carbon, it does have a limited life after which is does nothing. This isn't particularly important if you have no real reason for using carbon (like removing medication or similar). And I've no idea how long carbon works before it gives out; the more stuff it removes from the water the quicker it will run out. I think 1077 made some comments on carbon in another thread the other day...mentioned absorption and adsorption...perhaps he (or whomever it was if I'm not remembering exactly) will chime in here.

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post #12 of 14 Old 12-17-2009, 07:46 PM
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Not sure how true it is but I have read that carbon left in too long can eventually leech the contaminates that it absorbs back into the aquarium.
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Well the carbon in there is only about a month and a half old
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-18-2009, 12:14 PM
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This is the thread on carbon. As noted therein, carbon does not leech stuff back into the water, it simply stops doing anything. Again, the length of time will depend upon specific conditions in the aquarium.

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...icating-33558/

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