what does carbon do if you put it in your water, a carbon bag thing came with a filter I jsut got and I was wondering what I would do with it and why?
I have annvel filter and an over the back filter and they both have carbon in them. One thing i do know is that it removes chemicals from the water. Check out this link for more info
Activated Carbon - The Aquarium Wiki
by annvel filter i meant an over the back filter, sorry not really sure how that typo happened
carbon removes inorganics from the water.
ive heard that its long time use results in fish getting hole in the head disease, however i have never experienced this.
after you dose medicine to a tank, running a filter with carbon helps to remove it, however i personally just use a seperate "hospital tank"
to sum it up, it wont hurt to use carbon on your tank
The use of carbon (in freshwater tanks, anyway) is a controversial topic, so it's best to do research on the topic and decide for yourself whether or not you choose to use it.
We discussed it a bit in this thread:
If you do choose to use it, you must replace it on a regular basis (at least monthly) in order to achieve the benefits it supposedly confers. Some, however, don't replace it because once it is deactivated, it can become a substantial part of your biological filtration as it becomes host to a large number of beneficial bacteria.
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