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War Monk 06-12-2012 01:37 AM

Charcoal/Carbon Source
This has probably been asked before but I can not seem to find any threads on it so here goes....

Is the carbon used in filters any different from that produced in slow combustion heaters? I ask because I regularly throw literally bucket loads of charcoal and ash out onto the garden (once its cooled of coarse) and if this is identical to the stuff in filters then I would be able to filter using some activated carbon when necessary at no expense. If it is no different to the stuff in filter cartriges then it might have to be smashed up a little and the finer stuff washed out but genreally usable in a filter?

Is this possible or am I going to make a greivous mistake if i try? :shock:

Mikaila31 06-12-2012 02:54 AM

It is different and the ash/charcoal will not have the same effect as activated carbon. Main thing though is activated carbon is completely unnecessary in a aquarium filter. If it was me I would just shove a sponge where ever the carbon goes.

Olympia 06-12-2012 06:59 AM

The base is the same, but carbon will go through several stages of compacting and heating to become activated.
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