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Old 10-13-2011, 08:43 PM   #11
 
Carbon looses its effectiveness pretty quickly. It can maybe last a few weeks in a unplanted, tannin free, low stock tank. If you fertilize heavy though I wouldn't expect it too last more then a few days. Carbon grabs a lot of stuff out of the water, some bad, some good, most is irrelevant.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:32 AM   #12
 
so would getting something like this: Tetra Whisper Bio-Bag Cartridges - Filter Media - Fish - PetSmart and not putting the charcoal in work?
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:40 AM   #13
 
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so would getting something like this: Tetra Whisper Bio-Bag Cartridges - Filter Media - Fish - PetSmart and not putting the charcoal in work?
As you have a planted tank, I would not waste money on filter cartridges. Buy some filter foam or even floss and cut a piece to fit the compartment. In effect, a sponge filter, which is sufficient with plants.
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