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Is it bad to use filter media that has carbon in it? If so, should I cut it and take it out?
Agree. However, carbon "wears out" in time, fairly quickly actually, and the more stuff it adsorbs the quicker. So after a few weeks, it has probably lost its capability to do anything, and you could just leave it rather than messing with the filter design. However, if it is a separate pouch/insert or something and can be easily removed, then I would and replace it with regular filter floss/pad, whatever.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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