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post #1 of 8 Old 09-05-2011, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Running a Carbon pad in a planted tank?

I have a canister filter and I have put the carbon pad in it. My concern is that it may take out nutrients for the plants? Also, will the carbon affect the benefits of the Flourish Comprehensive?
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-05-2011, 08:11 PM
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Yes.
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-05-2011, 08:32 PM
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Same with ^ theres no reason to use carbon in a planted tank and as you've said it will take out some of the stuff we put in with our liquid ferts.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-05-2011, 09:20 PM
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I agree. Carbon has a great place in tanks with no plants, but in planted tanks the plants are better at filtering water, and they need all the nutrients to do this.

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-05-2011, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I will get it out tonight.
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-05-2011, 09:29 PM
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You can open up the pad and dump the carbon out and still use it.


I've done that on a few filters that came with the carbon pads.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-05-2011, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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You can open up the pad and dump the carbon out and still use it.


I've done that on a few filters that came with the carbon pads.
Great idea.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-05-2011, 09:51 PM
carbon acts as a sponge and absorbs certain things... once it's capacity is reached it is useless, this happens faster I believe then the company says so

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