11-30-2009, 01:04 AM
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Well...I used carbon for the first week I had my fish in, and ever since then, I haven't used it. Plants are a far more effective method of "chemical filtration." Even then, you still dont need carbon really once the biological filtration system is complete. If your dosing the tank with a lot of meds, you can use carbon the soak it all up, but the easiest way to do that is place a panty hose full of carbon or something near the filter where circulation is strong. Thats what I do sometimes and it works fine. I just reuse my filter pads over and over, just rinsing them clean in the dirty tank water I gather when I do wc. And yeah, I took a closer look at my aqueon fiilter, mine doesnt forcefully jet out water, it just pours out. It runs through the little water polisher thing, so you should be good, unless it is running over the top of the filter or something.