carbon and planted tanks
I have a 10ga tank with 2 plants (Hybrid Aponogeton bulbs) from walmart. Out of 2 packs , about 10 bulbs- only 2 grew. Have had 1 for over 2 months , and 1 for about 1 month. My fert is Fertilizer and water conditioner 0-0-7 by plant care solutions. It is a liquid. My plants are growing very well. My carbon filter does not seem to be affecting them as they are still growing. My plants are in gravel. Will my filter affect my plants once they use up the energy in their bulb.
With just the 2 plants I would suggest keeping the filter in. While it filters out the trace minerals in the water it also filters out the bad stuff that can hurt your fishes. You are dosing ferts so the traces being pulled out aren't a big deal. If you were to plant the tank more heavily you could go without the activated carbon, but I would advise against it for now.
Also the bulbs that didn't grow, if they are still there, should be removed. You don't want them to rot and pollute the water.
Well the bets answer I can give is I have not used carbon in my tanks for more than 4 years now and have never had an issue with fish health problems.
The main thing with active carbon is it is only good for about 7-14 days anyway and needs to be replaced regularly to do anything that is considered "beneficial" to the tank.
Personally I would remove it as it is mostly un-needed unless you have treated for a disease and then it is used to remove the chemicals used to treat the fish. After that it is removed and not needed. IMHO anyway.
If you want to use it once in a hwile just to make sure things are clean and pristine go for it but I don't think that in general it is needed at all except to remove medications and other chemical treatments when needed.
Thankx for the info Dtld9 and Fish_4_all. I also heard that if the water in fish tank smells kinda like dirt , the tank is healthy. Anybody ever heard of this before?
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