09-29-2009, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by frdfandc
So what you are saying Byron is to remove the carbon and leave the rest in place?
How about removing the carbon and installing a polisher filter in its place?
Since you haven't corrected me on this being a planted tank, I assume it is, so the only thing you need is a filter that slowly moves the water column through the media and pads to remove the particulate matter, in other words, clears the water. I used the polishing pad for the first week of my new tank, then removed it (it doesn't last more than a couple weeks anyway, like carbon wears out as well). I have in my filters the ceramic discs that only trap the larger particles (bits of plant leaves that get through, etc) but do nothing to the water quality, then the biological media (unnecessary in a planted tank, but not doing any harm so I left it but I'll never replace it), finally the fine white pads that trap the very fine particles.
I'm an advocate of minimal mechanical filtration in planted aquaria. Plants do a better job of cleaning the water, so I prefer to let them get on with their function. Keeping the water column clear is the job of the mechanical filter, and you can put more pads in it to do more of this.