03-03-2010, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Angel777
I've never used Carbon in any of my Aquaclear Filters before because when I first started up my first tank about 5 years ago several people told me that it wasn't really necessary. Well, that was on my 10 gallon tank that nobody really saw. I now have a 65 gallon tank in my Family Room that everyone can look at. The tank has been up and running for a year now. I keep up with my water changes and overall, the water is pretty clear but I was wondering how much of a difference does the carbon actually make in keeping the water clearer? How often do you change the Carbon?
I already have the sponge and bio-balls in the filter. If I add the Carbon in there also, when the carbon is removed and replaced does it affect the cycle of the tank at all?
Hi, to me I notice that it does make the water clearer. When I took the carbon out for the first time because of plants I did not have any affect on the cycle of the tank. My 14 gallon tank still looks clear but I still think that the carbon makes it even clearer, especially when the carbon is fresh. My 56 gallon is clear for the most part too but has some days that it is not as clear, but I am picky and have that darn critical eye. I know that it would probably be even clearer if I used the carbon, but mostly when the carbon is fresh. They are never really too cloudy but just not as "crisp". The tanks look healthy, but I just have intermitent times when it is not as clear as other days. I have not had any times yet, except for one brief period after a good sized water change, that it was too cloudy for my liking but it went away by mid day the next day....had changed it the evening before. I just did a water change in my 56 gallon and it looks very clear. If I did not have plants, I would use carbon. Do you have live plants?
Last edited by HollyinWA; 03-03-2010 at 08:09 PM..