01-12-2010, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Pasfur
It is a debate worth having, so I just wanted to chime in and say that I swear by carbon and use it on all my systems, FW and marine. For every 100 experienced fishkeepers, you will get 50 who use it and 50 who don't. I am a believer that the dissolved organics which are removed result in less biological breakdown and slower nitrate buildup. But again, this is an open debate, as mentioned. I just wanted to provide the other side of the coin. (My comments are not intended to apply to live plant tanks. I lack the experience to speak on these systems.)
Actually, you were exactly the person I was thinking of when I made that comment. Just goes to show how open for debate it was, and emphasizes my point that you shouldn't just stop using carbon on my recommendation alone. It's absolutely something worth reading up on.
On the subject of chem stars. Are you having problems? If not, why change? The chem stars have an active culture of bacteria which are breaking down ammonia and nitrite. If they are doing so effectively, I see no reason at all why you would consider a switch to ceramic. Bottom line, you are looking for a material that encourages bacterial growth. It looks like you have already accomplished this goal.
Good point, and something I failed to mention. I would say that, even if there's some data out there that suggests that ceramic rings or something similar are slightly better than the chem stars in terms of ability to effectively house bacteria, it's probably not worth upsetting your established bacteria colonies to make the change.
Mark, what're your thoughts on things like Ammo Chips?